Aspartame is an artificial sugar substitute that has been added to as many as 6,000 foods and beverages. It’s approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Unfortunately, it is still consumed by the many people on low-calorie diets. It was developed to help people from gaining weight but it makes people crave carbohydrates more, which leads to overeating and weight gain. The scientific studies that have been done contend that aspartame causes more harm than benefit. Even though the name has changed to protect its image, the effects remain the same.
- When aspartame is heated above 85⁰ F., it breaks down into neuro-toxic substances:
- Methanol (wood alcohol)
- Formaldehyde (embalming fluid, also found in cosmetics)
- Formic Acid (ant sting venom)
- DKP (diketopiperazine- a known brain tumor agent)
- Methanol converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye, which leads to blindness.
- Formaldehyde, known to be a human carcinogen, is slower acting but kills off cells.
- Aspartame is able to change the DNA structure of lab test animals.
- Drinking diet soda with aspartame has been linked to multiple sclerosis, lupus and fibromyalgia.
- Memory loss, seizures, confusion and an increase of Alzheimer’s is due to aspartame’s ability to alter brain chemistry.
- The most common reactions to aspartame include headaches, changes in mood or behavior, brain fog, seizures and depression.
Don’t be deceived by the marketing machines that lure the consumer with innocent sounding names and promises of easy weight management. Whole foods and natural sugars from food are what we are meant to eat. We were never meant to consume chemicals for nutritional value. I’ve singled out aspartame for this blog specifically because of its neuro-toxic effects.
Do not rely on any artificial sugar substitute for controlling your weight or as an alternative to sugar. Look for natural products that are not composed of synthetic elements. Use stevia (natural, not combined with other sugar alcohols) or monk fruit (luo han guo).
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills by Russell L. Blaylock