Can Aspartame be so dangerous?

India
August 2, 2010 4:12am CST
Friends I am told that the artificial sweetener ‘Aspartame’ may be source of joint pain, memory loss, severe dizziness and depression. I am told a lady was suffering from joint pain, expensive tests could not find any reason behind this, so her doctor finally asked to keep a food and activity journal to see if it could provide any clues. On a hunch, he asked her to stop drinking a powdered tea mix she had recently purchased to see if that helped. Amazingly the pain was completely gone within a week of stopping use of the aspartame-containing product. To confirm the diagnosis, her doctor instructed her to begin adding aspartame back into her diet for a challenge test. After each of three challenges, her whole body ached from my toes to the neck. So it was the artificial sweetener aspartame, consumed by most diabetics around the world may be the cause behind any number of painful and life-altering conditions, including joint pain, headaches, severe drowsiness, extreme irritability, depression, and weight gain. It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of aspartame to cause trouble. In fact, just three or four 12-ounce diet drinks per day contain enough aspartame to harm us. Aspartame is found in over 6,000 processed foods – from powdered drinks, gelatin, tea, coffee, cocoa, juices, frozen desserts, to chewing gums. It’s even in vitamins (including children’s) and medications. This means the very source of your chronic pain could be in your kitchen cabinet or refrigerator right now. How it was discovered Chemist James Schlatter accidentally tasted the new anti-ulcer drug he was developing in 1965, not realizing he had discovered a goldmine. What he discovered was a product 200 times sweeter than sugar. And by the early 70s, aspartame spread quickly to tables in restaurants, diners, and the homes of Americans under the brand names Nutrasweet, Equal, Equal-Measure and Spoonful. Aspartame gained popularity quickly because it didn’t have the aftertaste that its predecessor, saccharine did. Aspartame has three components: phenylalanine (50 percent), aspartic acid (40 percent) and methanol, also termed wood alcohol (10 percent). It’s classified as an excitotoxic amino acid. What that means for you is it reacts with specialized receptors in your brain in a way that causes the destruction of certain types of brain cells. Each is a poison in itself. Friends do you not consume this poison directly or indirectly? I was and am consuming this in tea, coffee and homemade Indian sweet dishes. The product ‘sugar free’ hear says, ‘upto 28 tablets per day is safe’; I am alarmed now. There are safe alternatives to Aspartame , like honey, maple syrup, and even raw sugar. There is a south American shrub called ‘stevia’, t The leaves themselves are at least 30 times sweeter than table sugar. Extracts can be ten times sweeter than the raw leaf, yet still have virtually no effect on blood glucose levels. [b]References: Olney JW, et al. Increasing brain tumor rates: is there a link to aspartame? Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology. 1996 Nov;55(11):1115-23. Roberts HJ. Aspartame as a cause of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Archives of internal medicine. 1996 May 13;156(9):1027-8. Soffritti M, et al. First experimental demonstration of the multipotential carcinogenic effects of aspartame administered in the feed to Sprague-Dawley rats. Environmental health perspectives. 2006 Mar;114(3):379-85. Trocho C, et al. Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue components in vivo. Life sciences. 1998;63(5):337-49.[/b]So goodbye to this poison, from today I will use honey and ‘ gud’ , prepared by boiling sugarcane juice in my country, it costs about 15 rupees to a kilogram. Friends, what is your view on this, please comment. Professor
1 person likes this
7 responses
@Hatley (157768)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Aug 10
hi professor I used to use a l ittle nutrasweet, but I am now using a different sweetner that is much safer, but also sugar free. We diabetics must have some kind of nonsugar sweetener as we are just as human as anyone else and also love sweet foods, like sweetening our cereals and our coffee. A senior moment here, cannot give you the name as its stuck in my brain somewhere but its been proven safer than nutrasweet which is much safer than you think as it would take tons of it to affect a person. Also nobody should drink even sugar free diet cokes fifteen times a day, we need to eat nourishing food not just drink nutrition free soft drinks. I have read all of what you say and have also read rebuttals to it so really am still confused over the issue so just use a different sugar free sweetner that is safe. As a diabetic I cannot use sugar or honey or maple syrup as they shoot my blood sugar off the chart.
1 person likes this
@Hatley (157768)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Aug 10
I use sucralose as its derived from sugar but is sugar free and you can bake with it, splenda is its brand name and it is safe if used as directed. any thing professor can make you ill if you eat fifteen times as much of it as you should. discretion and portion control are the keys fro diabetics.
1 person likes this
@peavey (15865)
• United States
3 Aug 10
I'm glad you brought this up. We need to tell as many people as we can of the dangers of aspartame, since those in charge won't. I cannot drink Coke Zero because it makes me feel sick to my stomach. After thinking of other times when I felt that kind of sick, I started watching labels and a lot of times food that bothers me has that in it. There are many side effects of taking this poison! I wish people would wake up and take charge of their own well being.
1 person likes this
• United States
3 Aug 10
Aspartame can cause seizures in people with epilepsy or people who are prone to seizures. It is for that reason that I cut this out of my diet. I have a heart condition that causes me to blackout, a type of seizure. I don't need to use a product that has been linked to seizures. I am diabetic but I use fructose for sweetening. It is the natural sugar found in fruits.
1 person likes this
• Pakistan
3 Aug 10
i always prefer natural things they mostly dont have any side effect. but in artificial things and medication they show it has to side effect but actually it does they just want to sell their product..
1 person likes this
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
2 Aug 10
Hi Professor 2010, I enjoyed reading your discussion. I have known for some time that aspartame is dangerous for human consumption. As you mentioned, there are some many side effect that come from using this artificial sweetener. So many food that we enjoy eating has this product instead of some other natural sweetener. It is believe that regular sugar is not healthy either, so it was replaced with, in my opinion, a deadly chemical. Sad, but some of these effects can show up very gradual, so a person may think that it is safe because they have been using it for years and it hasn't affect them at all. They are not contribute their headaches or dizziness, or gradual weight gain or their loss of hearing to using this product. These mentioned side effects are just the tip of the iceberg of side effects developed from using aspartame. The first thing to do is to detoxify you body, and stop using all food with this artificial sweetener in them. You must read your labels when you shop and don't buy any more of this deadly chemical.
@katiesueg (259)
• Italy
2 Aug 10
After reading this post I went to check the sweetener I regularly put into my green tea in the morning, and yes it is aspartame. Darn, I really liked that stuff. Two tiny tablets and my tea was sweeter than if I had put two heaping teaspoonfuls of sugar. Don't really care for honey in my tea, but I guess I should try and get used to it, at least honey is supposed to be good for you. I bought some steevia a couple of years ago at the healthfood section in a supermarket in the USA but I really didn't like it much, I thought it had an aftertaste. I have never seen steevia sweetener in Italy, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but I have yet to run into it. Now you have me wondering how much aspartame may be lurking as ingredients in products we would never suspect. It may not even be listed as such. If you just see the vague term 'artificial sweeteners', that very likely means aspartame. It would be nice if manufacturers were required to put 'this product contains aspartame' on their labels, so that you knew at a glance what you were getting.
• Abbotsford, Wisconsin
2 Aug 10
I can't speak for others.. But I found for myself Aspartame is really dangerous...This a known nero-toxin that increases sweet cravings to the brain, has no reason being in anything called sugar free as far as I am concerned. The entire country of Philippines has banned aspartame. I am convinced it's dangerous..
• Abbotsford, Wisconsin
2 Aug 10
They have now stuck aspartame in Splenda, and also call it Aminosweet