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’s implicated in dozens of diseases, syndromes and symptoms:
- brain tumours
- abdominal pains
- fatigue (blocks sufficient glucose entry into brain)
- sleep problems
- vision problems
- anxiety attacks
- 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.
Way more information on Mercola.com.
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.