Aspartame by Any Other Name…

Aspartame, the “miracle sweetener” that started life in a lab as an anti-ulcer drug, has been renamed again: Aminosweet and you need to watch your labels carefully if you want to avoid this toxin in your food!

In 1965 chemist James Schlatter, working for GD Searle & Co, mixed two naturally-occurring amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, and the new substance had a sweet taste. Roll on approval as a food additive – possibly the most controversial in history.

Its patent expired in 1992 and it now shows up in thousands of foods across the planet because it’s got no calories and is cheaper to produce than other artificial sweeteners.

And aspartame has a big sharp finger of blame pointing in its direction. It’sΒ  implicated in dozens of diseases, syndromes and symptoms:

  • brain tumours
  • headaches/migraines
  • nausea
  • abdominal pains
  • fatigue (blocks sufficient glucose entry into brain)
  • sleep problems
  • vision problems
  • anxiety attacks
  • depression
  • asthma/chest tightness
  • and dozens more including this one: increased sugar cravings – kind of ironic :/

The marketing message with Aminosweet is that it’s made from two natural amino acids, and amino acids are the building blocks of protein – we eat tons of amino acids every day so that must mean it’s natural, right?

Like, Stevia is made from the stevia plant, so that’s natural.

Well yes… stevia is extracted from the stevia plant and granulated, like sugar is extracted from various plants and granulated.

Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are extracted from – something… and then they’re mixed together. Each on their own is natural. Mixed together they’re frankenatural-scary. And they’re still aspartame, despite what the very-cleverly-designed marketing campaign tells you.

Those two amino acids together are still responsible for the slew of health problems mentioned above, despite what the marketing says.

Please don’t be fooled.

Read your food labels – if you see any of these:

Equal, Nutrasweet, Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, E951, Acesulfame Potassium, and of course phenylalanine

choose something else. Food manufacturers are out to make a buck and aspartame is still legal in most countries so they only have one reason to stop using it: if you stop buying their crap food they’ll stop making it. Otherwise, you’re choosing to put poison into your body.

Yes, aspartame by any other name still stinks.

More Information

Way more information on

Interesting video that talks about the FDA approval process of this revolting substance – including comments by a member of the FDA board and the FDA commissioner who originally DIS-approved it:

If you really really want your sugar fix AND you want to avoid aspartame you really must try the amazing recipes in David Gillespie’s recipe book. All the recipes were developed by a professional chef AND tested by a home cook – so you know they work and taste great. (I use this book regularly!) Click here to take a look on Amazon.

Aspartame by any other name – don’t do it. now-thats-body-bliss



  1. Joy on January 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

    This is VITAL information. We must spread the word. People think these artificial sweetners are ‘safe’ just because they are on the market.
    Who could imagine that someone would package poison and sell it?
    We can’t, so we think it’s safe.
    Thanks for your voice Sandy,


    • Sandy on January 11, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Joy – yes! I love the blog networks’ ability to let people know about the twisted marketing messages the keep hiding the nasties in our food. Thanks for your voice too Joy πŸ™‚

    • Sandy on January 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Hey Joy πŸ™‚ Yes! We imagine instead that the govvie bodies set up to regulate this stuff *actually* regulate this stuff, and are not white-anted by parties who have an interest in bypassing regulation. And they know that’s what we think. It’s so important to talk about it hey? Thanks for your voice too πŸ™‚

  2. Isobel on January 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

    This is scary, important stuff. Did you know that stevia is illegal in the UK? For no reason I can find! And the EU is disallowing many natural products while the poisons are approved.

    • Sandy on January 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Isobel – I didn’t know Stevia was illegal in the UK! That sucks! It’s the most widely used sweetener in Japan apparently – and it’s getting more popular down here. It sounds like Codex is really starting to bite up north, so sad to hear that πŸ™

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