Aspartame is the name of the controversial artificial sweetener that is sold under many different brand names. It is responsible for a staggering 75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. It is also added to many ‘diet’ and ‘sugar free’ foods and beverages. In order to understand Aspartame dangers, you need to look at what it is made up of and the result of its metabolism.
The Birth and Growth of Aspartame
Aspartame was actually discovered by accident in 1965, while a chemist working for G.D. Searle and Company was searching for a cure for ulcers. In 1981 it was approved to be used in dry foods and in 1983 it could be used in drinks. In 1985, the multinational company Monsanto bought G.D. Searle along with the patent for Aspartame. Since then, it has found its way into many food sources that is consumed today.
The Dangerous Chemicals That Make Up Aspartame
Aspartame is made up of 3 dangerous and potentially toxic chemicals, namely: (1) Aspartic acid, (2) Phenylalanine and (3) Methanol.
Aspartic Acid:A professor of Neurosurgery at The Medical University of Mississippi, Dr Russell L. Blaylock recently released a book listing at least 500 scientific references as to why aspartic acid is dangerous for human consumption. It is directly linked to neurological disturbances. Aspartic acid is an amino acid that promotes an increase of Aspartate in the blood – triggering the release of free radicals leading to cell death (including neurons in the brain).
Phenylalanine:While aspartic acid comprises 40% of Aspartame, the second component phenylalanine makes up 50% of it. Phenylalanine is an amino acid in the brain and too much of it can prove lethal. Aspartame dangers become worse if it is consumed with carbohydrates and even threatening if you have the genetic disorder PKU (Phenylketonuria). Too much phenylalanine in the brain can cause serotonin levels to drop, increasing emotional disturbance and the possibility of being diagnosed with clinical depression. Keep in mind that even one dose of Aspartame can increase phenylalanine levels in the blood.
Methanol:The third and last component of Aspartame is methanol. Methanol is a known toxin and comprises 10% of Aspartame. What makes methanol dangerous is that it breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a recently listed carcinogen (cancer causing) and should be avoided. Also, when Aspartame is heated (above 86F or 30C), it releases extra methanol. Food that must be heated containing Aspartame then becomes significantly problematic.
The Possible Side Effects of Aspartame’s By Product Diketopiperazine
Other than the 3 components of Aspartame, it also has a very dangerous by product which is a result of Aspartame’s metabolism in the body. This substance is called DKP (Diketopiperazine). Many tests on it were botched up, so nothing conclusive has yet been found. However, FDA Toxicologist, Jacqueline Verrett, has given the warning in a testimony before the U.S. Senate that DKP has been linked to brain tumors, uterine polyps and changes in cholesterol levels. This does not sound benign at all. Aspartame dangers and side effects are all too real. There are at least 90 known symptoms related to the consumption of Aspartame. These include vision problems, digestive disorders, all neurological disorders, seizures and even death. There is nothing ‘side’ in Aspartame’s side effects, they are effects – and all negative ones at that.