I’ve spent years as a medical researcher and worked side by side with some of the best alternative health doctors in the country. I’ve written dozens of articles on this one thing alone, and yet I still can’t convince my wife and daughter that the artificial sweetener aspartame is poison.
No matter how much I beg, plead or preach, they still come home with Crystal Light or diet sodas… even though they know it sends me into a fit. You see, they just can’t break their addiction to this sickly sweet chemical.
But after more than 30 years on the market, a lot of other people are finally getting the message that aspartame kills. And guess what? The company that makes the sweetener is fighting back.
In an attempt to rehabilitate its reputation, the maker of aspartame has changed its name to “AminoSweet.” They’re now marketing it as a safe, all-natural product, hoping to hoodwink a whole new generation.
But slapping a new name on this poison is like smearing lipstick on a pig. Don’t be fooled.
Aspartame is NOT Safe… and It’s NOT Natural
Over 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the Food and Drug Administration are due to aspartame. These adverse reactions include seizures and even death.
Studies associate aspartame with mental disorders, and compromised learning and emotional functioning. Common complaints include:
|Headaches||Weight gain||Vision problems|
|Heart palpitations||Memory Loss||Joint pain|
But it gets worse. Aspartame is also associated with higher cancer rates. An Italian study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that long-term use of aspartame leads to higher rates of lymphomas, leukemia and breast cancer.
In the study, researchers fed aspartame to lab rats at levels equivalent to a human eating 20 mg per day. That would be similar to a 150-pound adult drinking about 7½ cans of diet soda per day.
And while you might think you would never drink 7½ cans of diet soda in a day, remember that aspartame is everywhere. It’s in instant oatmeal, yogurt, sugar-free gums, candies, flavored waters, hot chocolate mix, pudding, Popsicles and thousands of other products.
All of that can add up to dangerous levels. And children are particularly at risk. For those exposed by their mothers to aspartame in the womb, the same Italian researchers found that cancer rates are even higher.
By renaming itself “AminoSweet,” aspartame’s new marketing strategy is to portray itself as a simple combination of two natural amino acids.
Sounds great but the amino acids are combined chemically in a way nature never intended. And the result? “AminoSweet” (or Aspartame) actually contains 11% methanol – also known as wood alcohol. When you drink wood alcohol, your body breaks it down into a known carcinogen – formaldehyde.
You may remember formaldehyde from high school biology. It’s best known as embalming fluid.
That’s right. The next time you reach for a Coke Zero, imagine drinking the embalming fluid morticians inject into dead bodies. Talk about having one foot in the grave. (Gasp!)
Don’t Fall for the Sweet “New” Thing
Aspartame is already in over 6,000 products. But here’s how you can protect yourself.
1. Read the label. This is essential especially if you are one of the millions of people who are sensitive or get a bad reaction to aspartame. Look for “aspartame,” “NutraSweet,” or “Equal” in the ingredient list or on the label. And of course, look for the new “AminoSweet.”
2. Pass on the Equal and NutraSweet. Just say no to those little packets in restaurants everywhere. A packet of sugar, bad as that is, is much better for you than aspartame.
3. Try Stevia. Stevia is a real natural sweetener made from the leaves of a South American plant. It’s sometimes called sweetleaf or sugarleaf and is essentially calorie-free. Look for the less processed green stevia rather than the white powder form.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with aspartame. Please send any words of wisdom for my wife and daughter… Just hit the reply button and let me know!
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About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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