When a product tastes sweet without sugar added, be aware.
If the promise of delivering maximum taste minus the calories is too good to be true, it may in fact be.
Found in products such as NutraSweet, Equal and many diet sodas, aspartame is the most commonly used form of artificial sweetener.
Discovered in 1965, this additive was rejected multiple times over with massive conflict of interest. After some carefully manipulated research, the FDA eventually approved aspartame for human consumption in 1983.
The chemical molecule of aspartame is made up of three components:
50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid and 10 percent methyl ester.
When the body breaks down aspartame, the methyl ester portion is converted into methanol (wood alcohol), which is a toxin to the body.
A small amount of this methanol gets converted into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is an embalming fluid that is multiple times more poisonous than alcohol. Since the body cannot get rid of it, it becomes an accumulative phenomenon.
Those in favor of aspartame, claim is made from natural ingredients. Although the amino acids in aspartame are indeed natural, such high amounts are not typically found in everyday foods.
Amino acids do not just free-float on their own, without the balance of other aminos. We as humans cannot biologically tolerate such a flooding of amino acids, particularly that of phenylalanine alone.
Phenylalanine is the building block for a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. When we take in aspartame, we also take in a surge of phenylalanine. Such a high dose has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier, altering the ratios of neurotransmitter activity in the brain.
When we upset the ratios of neurotransmitter activity, we most certainly affect brain function.
Many symptoms that have been linked with aspartame are actually neurological in nature, such as that of seizures, migraines, headaches, dizziness and even brain cancers.
Certain amino acids when overly abundant in the brain, can cause neurons to die. This is the case with aspartic acid, also known as aspartate.
Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock labels this amino acid as an excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that becomes overexcited when stimulated, so much so that it eventually dies.
A little aspartate could be essential for the brain but too much of it can indeed cause neuronal death.
You could say that our cells literally get “overexcited to death” when being exposed to a flood of aspartic acid.
This can’t be a good thing.
Many users claim a cause-and-effect relationship with aspartame. Testing themselves multiple times both on and off this additive, they claim improved health and subsided symptoms with discontinued use.
When consumers got off aspartame products, the circumstantial evidence of their symptoms subsiding was indisputable.
Whether aspartame is safe for human consumption or not, will depend on whom you ask and which study you choose to trust.
Dr. Ralph Walton, a professor of psychiatry, carefully analyzed the studies undertaken regarding the dangers of aspartame. In his research, he found seventy-four studies that were all funded by the artificial sugar industry.
Each study attested to aspartame safety, reporting no negative side effects and generally regarding it as a safe product for human consumption.
Walton then compiled a list of over ninety, non-industry funded studies that were independently financed. Over 90% of those studies found side effects and complications with the ingestion of aspartame.
You be the judge.
Whilst aspartame may seem like a harmless alternative to serve a short-term fix, the long-term health concerns for prolonged use are not guaranteed. It could be a hefty gamble of ‘play now, pay later.’
From a body composition standpoint, diet drinks may not have any repercussions on gaining or losing body fat. Don’t let this become the deciding factor as to whether you should consider it though.
You have to be healthy to get lean, not lean to be healthy.
Make sure you do your own research thoroughly before considering this product into your diet.
As for my verdict, well that is simple:
If a six year old struggles to pronounce the ingredient, think twice about consuming it.