Five Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About Aspartame Chemical Sweetener !

Aspartame is a dangerous artificial sweetener hidden in many common foods and beverages. Aspartame poisoning can be serious and even life threatening.

The controversy surrounding one of the world’s most popular artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), continues even 30 years after the chemical was rammed through the regulatory process (despite its well-documented dangers) !And yet, to this very day, many people are still unaware of the chemical sweetener’s sordid history.

Let alone what aspartame is actually made from and how it affects human body and brain!

To many, aspartame is simply another safe FDA-approved sugar alternative, otherwise it would not be at the market. But the truth about aspartame is much more sinister, including how the chemical sweetener gained market approval. And there is a lot more to the aspartame story that you have probably never heard of, thanks to the government conspiracy with powerful drug interests.

Here are 5 shocking facts about aspartame YOU need to be aware of:

1. Inside your body aspartame is converted into formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical

Composed of three unique compounds, aspartame is a synergistically toxic chemical, meaning the sum of its individual parts is exponentially more toxic than each one by itself. And yet even in isolation, the three main constituents found in aspartame, aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol, are toxic in their own right.

Free methanol in particular is highly toxic, converting first into formaldehyde and then into formic acid upon consumption. Unlike the methanol found in alcoholic beverages and various fruits and vegetables, the methanol produced by aspartame is not accompanied by ethanol, which acts as a protector against methanol poisoning.

By itself, methanol embalms living tissues and damages DNA, and can cause lymphoma, leukemia, and other types of cancers.

2. Aspartame causes obesity and metabolic syndrome

Artificial sweeteners are usually viewed as a safe alternative to sugar, but many people now recognize them as a cause of weight gain and metabolic disorders such as diabetes. A number of scientific studies have also found that chemicals like aspartame are perhaps even more damaging in ways unrelated to caloric intake.

Another study, published in the journal Appetite in 2013, found that compared to sucrose, a form of sugar, aspartame is actually worse in terms of promoting weight gain. Similar research published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that aspartame alters the body’s natural production of hormones, increasing both appetite and sugar cravings.

3. Reagan-appointed FDA commissioner helped get aspartame approved despite evidence showing its toxicity.

Believe it or not, aspartame was an unplanned discovery made by a group of scientists who were working on the development of an ulcer drug. When researchers discovered that the chemical had a sweet taste, it was presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial approval.

4. Aspartame is made from the feces of genetically-modified Escherichia coli bacteria

Another worrying fact about aspartame is that it is produced from the feces of genetically-modified E. coli bacteria. Very similar to the fermentation process, E. coli are modified with special genes that cause them to produce unnaturally high levels of a special enzyme as a byproduct.

5. Aspartame crosses the blood-brain barrier, potentially causing serious brain damage

Aspartame is composed of approximately 40% aspartic acid, a free-form amino acid that has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. When excess amounts of this compound enter the body via aspartame, brain cells are blasted with an excess of calcium. The result is neural cell damage and even cell death, which can lead to permanent brain harm.

In some cases, excessive exposure to aspartic acid, also known as aspartate, can cause neurological conditions such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease, and is also involved in causing diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and dementia.

Endocrine disorders, or imbalanced or inadequate hormone production, are also linked to the so-called “excitotoxin” exposure, or exposure to free-form amino acids (like aspartate) that overstimulate the brain.
Obviously, what we include in our diets has a direct role in the development of many health conditions.

So dear friends, keep informed and take good care of you !

Sources for this article:

http://www.fda.gov

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov