for the first ever TNT, i’ve chosen ASPARTAME. why? because it’s SO incredibly common.
what is aspartame?
scientifically speaking, it is a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble non-carbohydrate powder synthesized from amino acids, that is 150–200 times as sweet as sugar. also known as E951, aspartame was discovered in 1965, and has been used in the US since the 1980’s.
how is it aspartame made?
aspartame is made from genetically engineered E. Coli. yes, you read that correctly. the nasty bacteria that causes diarrhea, UTIs, pneumonia, etc., is being genetically modified to excrete aspartame so you can have your sweet treats and drinks. here’s the patent (provided through a free engine since you don’t have access to the research database i do).
what is aspartame in?
more products than you think. it’s most commonly used as a low-calorie sugar substitute in soft drinks, table sweeteners, and other food products. long story short, it’s probably in every low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage product you have in your kitchen, including carbonated soft drinks, flavored milks, powdered soft drinks, chewing gum, gelatins, dessert mixes, puddings and fillings, frozen desserts, yogurt, sweeteners, and some vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
is aspartame “toxic”?
“but i heard it’s safe….?”
cigarette smokers in the 60’s heard the same thing about their cancer sticks. yes, there are more than 200 studies confirming its safety. but the bulk of cited research on the “safety” of aspartame comes from studies dated back to the 1980’s. not only that, but the research that was done was so incredibly botched and sketchy. anything that happened in the aspartame studies (such as moneys DYING, having seizures, rats developing malignant tumors, etc) were not included in the results. as someone who values research, i simply am dumbfounded. i’ve published research where my results weren’t what i was thinking they’d be, but it’s a part of research. being an ETHICAL researcher. you publish your results… not what you WANT. (ok, off my soapbox…)
recent research studies have commonly stated things such as, “recent research… has led to the suggestion that saccharine and cyclamates may be carcinogenic and, consequently, the government is questioning their use for many purposes.” various people all over the globe have stepped forward to share their stories, claiming aspartame either caused or partially caused mild problems such as headache, dizziness, digestive symptoms, and changes in mood, to more serious health issues such as alzheimer disease, birth defects, diabetes, gulf war syndrome, attention deficit disorders, parkinson disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and seizures.
if some research is saying one thing, but people are undeniably experiencing the exact opposite, i believe it’s worth looking into (and avoiding).
how does aspartame affect the body?
short story: chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
other concerns –
in one recent study, the health statistics for nearly 48,000 men and over 77,000 women over the age of 20 were reviewed, in which they found that men who consumed more than one diet soda per day had an increased risk of developing multiple myeloma and non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. this was the longest-ever human aspartame study, spanning 22 years. interestingly enough, this association was not found in women. leukemia was associated with diet soda intake in both sexes (source). see the second link below for more published medical concerns!
aspartame contains phenylalanine, which for some, can’t be properly metabolized. those people have phenylketonuria (PKU), and it is a rare inherited disease. because those with PKU cannot metabolize phenylalanine, it accumulates in the body and cause health problems including mental retardation. but to calm your fears, screening is required for all newborns in the US and many other countries.
“where can i read more?”
- debunking the myth of aspartame “safety”
- documented medical concerns and diseases from aspartame (published on ePubs… where I’M published!! yep!)
- how aspartame became legal
- aspartame’s make-up & side effects (with links to other sources, too)
- more aspartame side effects
- different products containing aspartame
and here are a few interesting videos on aspartame –
- aspartame: the dangers & side effects (part 1 of 3…you can follow the links for the others)
- aspartame: sweet misery – a poisoned world
- aspartame killed my wife
- the dangers of aspartame – skip to 0:21
lemme know what you think of this TNT, and what you think the next one should be over!
* – there are more than 200 studies “showing” aspartame is “safe.” based on how those studies were conducted, how the data was collected, and how the data was presented, i personally have chosen to not uphold them as valid resources. the choice is yours. it’s your health.
disclaimer: i am not a doctor or dietician. i hold a Master of Science degree. i have published research. i value research in the highest regard, and am committed to living the healthiest life style i can, with the research to back me up. my blog portrays these personal views and beliefs, but i welcome all sound comments and questions. it’s YOUR health, & it’s YOUR choice (obviously). for me personally, when i find cited, peer-reviewed, published research that shows me FACTS that chemicals or ingredients are linked to anything that can essentially cause harm to my body, i do my very best to steer clear of it. anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows that all too well. all i ask here at AlmostExactly is that everyone is kind.