March 26, 2012
Aspartame, used in over 6,000 products as an artificial sweetener, is a toxic substance that poses severe risks to public health. However, the general public may not be aware of just how deadly this sugar substitute can be.
Aspartame is highly addictive. It causes actual cravings for the toxin. Many find that they cannot stop using the product because of the severe withdrawal symptoms. It can impair the human immune system and has been directly linked to cancer. Aspartame is an excitotoxin that stimulates human cells reaction to the sweetener that does not actually contain any sweetness. Excitotoxins have been proven to create cancer growth and metastasis. This process feeds cancer cells.
Aspartic acid, also known as aspartate, acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain. It facilitates the transmission of information from neuron to neuron.
Excessive amounts of aspartate in your brain kills neurons by permitting the invasion of massive amounts of calcium into the cells. This influx generates extreme levels of free radicals that kill the cells. The neural cell damage is caused by unwarranted use of aspartate. This is why they are denoted as “excitotoxins.” They “excite” or arouse the neural cells to death.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon has stated: “Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile … ”
The FDA approved this toxin to be used in products as safe. Ignoring the numerous studies that show evidence to the contrary, the FDA has knowingly empowered corporations to risk public health.
Studies conducted with rats have shown aspartame to obstruct the normal flow of blood within the brain.
“The results of this experiment indicate that long-term consumption of aspartame leads to an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, mainly through the mechanism involving the glutathione-dependent system.”
Aspartame use has also been linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology surmises that the increased use of aspartame in products has a direct correlation to the impairment of the digestive proteases that is linked to the dietary chemicals found in aspartame.
In 1977, the authors of this study looked at saccharin: “If not saccharin, then what caused the remarkable increase of IBD in Canada? … [S]ucralose may be the culprit … In 1991, Canada was the first country to approve the use of sucralose, and it was allowed to be used as a tabletop sweetener in breakfast cereals, beverages, desserts, toppings, fillings, chewing gum, breath mints, fruit spreads, salad dressings, confectionary, bakery products, processed fruits and vegetables, alcoholic beverages, puddings and table syrups.”
Consuming this product is liken to ingesting insecticide. Symptoms can be deadly and have been recorded as occurring as early as 24 hours after consumption. These include:
Eyes becoming bloodshot, watery and the swelling of the eyelids
Headaches severe as migraines and swelling of the tongue, lips, face and throat
Aches and pains in joints
Anxiety, depression, dizziness and decreased ability to concentrate
Coughing, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest
Bloating of the stomach, bloody stool, severe gas, pain and vomiting
Consumption of this substance on a regular basis can cause effects to acute that hospitalization is required. One the person stops ingesting the chemical, alleviation of these reactions will subside in a days to weeks.
Long-term damage by exposure to Aspartame are unknown because of the lack of scientific data. Several stalemates have surfaced to deter researchers from looking into the chemical. This could be the corporations who use this chemical in their products interfering with the scientific community.
Because of the support this chemical has from our US government, it is up to the general public to stay away from products that contain aspartame. With our consumer dollars, we can effect change in the corporate identities ability to use such a toxic chemical in our food and beverage products.