Ajinomoto is launching a new initiative that will rebrand the sweetener
used in many foods and beverages marketed as low calorie or sugar-free.
However, its reputation has been clouded somewhat by studies that
have investigated reports of ill effects.
Just to remind
you, the side effects of aspartame can include:
- Change in
- Nausea and
- Joint pain
It can cause
many, many other problems as well.
is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval
for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end,
the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds,
but rather because of strong
political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously
listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!
hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply,
but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s
health for the past 30 years.
is, it should never have been released onto the market, and allowing
it to remain in the food chain is seriously hurting people –
no matter how many times you rebrand it under fancy new names.
Marketing of Aspartame
under names like NutraSweet, Canderel, and now AminoSweet, aspartame
can be found in more than 6,000 foods, including soft drinks, chewing
gum, table-top sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals,
jams, sweets, vitamins, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
producer Ajinomoto chose to rebrand it under the name AminoSweet,
to “remind the industry that aspartame tastes just like sugar,
and that it’s made from amino acids – the building blocks
of protein that are abundant in our diet.”
This is deception
at its finest: Begin with a shred of truth, and then spin it to
fit your own agenda.
In this case,
the agenda is to make you believe that aspartame is somehow a harmless,
natural sweetener made with two amino acids that are essential for
health and present in your diet already.
you to believe aspartame delivers all the benefits of sugar and
none of its drawbacks. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Wreaks Havoc on Your Health
Did you know
there have been more reports to the FDA for aspartame reactions
than for all other food additives combined?
In fact, there
are over 10,000 official complaints, but by the FDA’s own admission,
less than 1 percent of those who experience a reaction to a product
ever report it. So in all likelihood, the toxic effects of aspartame
may have affected roughly a million people already.
While a variety
of symptoms have been reported, almost two-thirds of them fall into
the neurological and behavioral category consisting mostly of headaches,
mood alterations, and hallucinations. The remaining third is mostly
will familiarize you with some of the terrifying side-effects and
health problems you could encounter if you consume products containing
aspartame toxicity is not well-known by doctors, despite its frequency.
Diagnosis is also hampered by the fact that it mimics several other
common health conditions, such as:
and other psychological disorders
and diabetic complications
Foods and Drinks CAUSE Weight Problems
years, food manufacturers have increasingly focused on developing
low-calorie foods and drinks to help you maintain a healthy weight
and avoid obesity. Unfortunately, the science behind these products
is so flawed, most of these products can actually lead
to increased weight gain!
researchers have discovered that drinking diet
soda increases your risk of metabolic syndrome, and may double
your risk of obesity – the complete opposite of the stated
intention behind these “zero calorie” drinks.
most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States
recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative
to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health
of those who take their misguided advice.
Toxic Dangers of Aspartame
is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners
to fill an entire book – which is exactly why I wrote Sweet
Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or
eat diet foods, this book will explain how you’ve been deceived
about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and
sucralose – for greed, for profits, and at the expense of your
earlier, almost two-thirds of all documented side effects of aspartame
consumption are neurological.
One of the
reasons for this side effect, researchers have discovered, is because
the phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond.
While these amino acids are indeed completely natural and safe,
they were never designed to be ingested as isolated amino acids
in massive quantities, which in and of itself will cause complications.
this will also increase dopamine levels in your brain. This can
lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine
balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors
through a similar mechanism.
acid in aspartame is a well-documented excitotoxin.
Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate.
These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become
excessively excited, to the point that they die.
can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers. A
review conducted in 2008 by scientists from the University of Pretoria
and the University of Limpopo found that consuming a lot of aspartame
may inhibit the ability of enzymes in your brain to function normally,
and may lead to neurodegeneration.
to the researchers, consuming a lot of aspartame can disturb:
- The metabolism
of amino acids
structure and metabolism
- The integrity
of nucleic acids
the ester bond in aspartame breaks down to formaldehyde and methanol,
which are also toxic in their own right. So it is not surprising
that this popular artificial sweetener has also been found
to cause cancer.
case study that shows this all too well was done by a private
citizen named Victoria Inness-Brown. She decided to perform her
own aspartame experiment on 108 rats over a period of 2 years
and 8 months.
fed some of the rats the equivalent (for their body weight) of two-thirds
the aspartame contained in 8-oz of diet soda. Thirty-seven percent
of the females fed aspartame developed tumors, some of massive size.
How to Ditch
Artificial Sweeteners, and Satiate Your Sweet Tooth
If you suffer
from sweet cravings, it’s easy to convince yourself you’re
doing the right thing by opting for a zero-calorie sweetener like
aspartame. Please understand that you will do more harm than good
to your body this way.
important to realize that your body craves sweets when you’re
not giving it the proper fuel it needs.
type will tell you exactly which foods you need to eat to feel
full and satisfied. It may sound hard to believe right now, but
once you start eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet
cravings will significantly lessen and may even disappear.
be sure you address the emotional component to your food cravings
using a tool such as the Meridian
Tapping Technique (MTT). More than any traditional or alternative
method I have used or researched, MTT works to overcome food cravings
and helps you reach dietary success.
And, if diet
soda is the culprit for you, be sure to check out Turbo
Tapping, which is an extremely effective and simple tool to
get rid of your soda addiction in a short period of time.
I have written
a few articles on fructose
earlier this year, and I will be writing many more, so please be
aware that I am absolutely convinced that fructose ingestion is
at the core of our obesity epidemic.
not only talking about high-fructose corn syrup, which is virtually
identical to table sugar. The only major difference between the
two is HFCS is much cheaper so it has contributed to massive increase
in fructose ingestion, far beyond safe or healthy.
you need to keep your fructose levels BELOW 25 grams per day. The
best way to do that is to avoid these “natural” sweeteners
as they are loaded with a much higher percentage of fructose than
- Fruit Juice
that avoiding these beyond 25 grams per day is crucial, even if
the source is fresh, raw, and organic. It just doesn’t matter,
fructose is fructose is fructose…
times when you just want a taste of something sweet, your healthiest
alternative is Stevia.
It’s a natural plant and, unlike aspartame and other artificial
sweeteners that have been cited for dangerous toxicities, it is
a safe, natural alternative that’s ideal if you’re watching
your weight, or if you’re maintaining your health by avoiding
It is hundreds
of times sweeter than sugar and truly has virtually no calories.
I must tell
you that I am biased; I prefer Stevia as my sweetener of choice,
and I frequently use it. However, like most choices, especially
sweeteners, I recommend using Stevia in moderation, just like sugar.
In excess it is still far less likely to cause metabolic problems
than sugar or any of the artificial sweeteners.
I want to
emphasize, that if you have insulin issues, I suggest that you avoid
sweeteners altogether, including Stevia, as they all can decrease
your sensitivity to insulin.
Lo han is
another sweetener like Stevia. It’s an African sweet herb that
can also be used, but it’s a bit more expensive and harder
So if you
struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or
extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would
benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners.
But for everyone
else, if you are going to sweeten your foods and beverages anyway,
I strongly encourage you to consider using regular Stevia or Lo
han, and toss out all artificial sweeteners and any products that
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