The US Food and Drug Administration has approved four primary artificial or synthetic sugar substitutes for consumer retail usage: aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-k, and saccharin. Aspartame, better know by it’s brand names Equal, NutraSweet, and NatraTaste Blue, is probably the most popular so let’s take an in-depth look at this one.
Products with aspartame.
Aspartame is found in many consumer products including gum, breath mints, yogurt, cereals, diet soda, sugar-free ice cream, gelatin deserts, shake mixes, cocoa mixes, laxatives, over the counter drugs or medicines, pharmaceuticals, instant teas and coffees, wine coolers, milk drinks, fruit drinks, and reduced-calorie fruit juice. Any drug label that lists phenylalanine as an ingredient means the medicine does contain aspartame, including certain anti-biotics and anti-psychotics.
Effects of aspartame.
According to the article “Aspartame’s Hidden Dangers,” components of aspartame may contribute to a wide variety of ailments, some of which are acute and surface quickly while others unfold over time. These problems and disorders include headaches, migraines, change in vision, nausea and vomiting, insomnia/sleep problems, abdominal pain, joint pain, change in heart rate, depression, memory loss, birth defects, cancer/brain cancer, tumors, polyps, diabetes, emotional disorders, and epilepsy/seizures.
Emphatically yes, aspartame is a drug according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. In his article Aspartame is an Excitoneurotoxic Carcenogenic Drug!, Dr. Blaylock reveals that it was discovered inadvertently by a researcher at G.D. Searle pharmaceutical company, now owned by Pfizer, in 1965 while working on an anti-ulcer medication. This artificial sweetener is about 150X sweeter than the equivalent amount of sugar.
“Aspartame is made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The latter has been synthetically altered to carry a methyl group, which is responsible for aspartame’s sweet taste. The phenylalanine methyl bond, called methyl ester, allows the methyl group on the phenylalanine to easily break off and form methanol. In fruits and vegetables, methanol is bonded to a fiber called pectin that allows it to be safely passed through your digestive tract. However, in aspartame, methanol is not bonded to anything that can help eliminate it from your body. Once inside your body, the methanol is converted by the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme into formaldehyde, which can wreak havoc on your DNA and sensitive proteins. All animals, except humans, possess the ability to break down methanol into formic acid.” Aspartame’s Hidden Dangers
How aspartame acquired approval is a lesson in how chemical and pharmaceutical companies can manipulate government agencies such as the FDA, "bribe" organizations such as the American Dietetic Association, and flood the scientific community with flawed and fraudulent industry-sponsored studies funded by the makers of aspartame. Erik Millstone, a researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit of Sussex University, has compiled thousands of pages of evidence showing the following:
- Laboratory tests were faked and dangers were concealed.
- Tumors were removed from animals and animals that had died were "restored to life" in laboratory records.
- False and misleading statements were made to the FDA.
- The two US Attorneys given the task of bringing fraud charges against the aspartame manufacturer took positions with the manufacturer's law firm, letting the statute of limitations run out
- The Commissioner of the FDA overruled the objections of the FDA's own scientific board of inquiry. Shortly after that decision, he took a position with Burson-Marsteller, the public relations firm for G.D. Searle.