Have you have been drinking diet soda and chewing gum? Chances are you have been enjoying aspartame in generous quantities.
Aspartame is a popular sugar substitute that can be found in diet soda drinks, chewing gum, fruit spreads and sugar-free products to name a few. It is also known by the brand names, Sweet One, NutraSweet and Spoonful.
Contrary to popular belief -“SUGAR-FREE” ACTUALLY MAKES YOU “FAT” !!
Is Aspartame Addictive?
The answer to that question is a big “YES”.
According to Dr. Betty Martini, it is an
Recent studies have shown that aspartame is very addictive because it affects the absorption of dopamine in the brain.
What Are The Side Effects of Aspartame?
Aspartame is primarily made up of 3 components: phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol.
To understand the effects of aspartame you will need to look into its genetic make-up.
Manufacturers of aspartame continue to assure the public that low-calorie sweeteners are effective for weight reduction, prevention of tooth decay, and the management of diabetes and risks associated with obesity. They claim that consumers of low-calorie, sugar-free beverages were able to incorporate these products into a healthy lifestyle not because they need to manage their but because using low-calorie products is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Independent studies have shown that aspartame is not as safe as it appears to be. In a recent study conducted by researchers from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center, it was discovered that those who drank diet soft drinks on a daily basis were more likely to contract vascular diseases compared to those who took none.
Aspartame supporters insist that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are found in many foods. What they have conveniently left out, however, is that the said neurotoxins are harmless only when consumed with other nutrients like fats, amino acids (protein) and carbohydrates. On their own, they are absorbed by the nervous system in large concentrations causing cell death. Symptoms of the conditions include headaches, confusion, balance problems and seizures.
The Artificial Sweetener Disease
The US Food and Drug Administration has received reports of 92 medical health problems resulting from aspartame, ranging from abdominal pain to migraines, dizziness and hives. Aspartame poisoning is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms seem like other syndromes. It changes the ratio of amino acids in the blood, lowering or blocking the levels of hormones like dopamine and tyrosine that are essential for bodily function.
Since aspartame cannot be detected through lab tests and x-rays, these diseases and disorders may actually be a toxic load.
Below are some specific health conditions that are associated with aspartame.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME YOU OPEN A CAN OF DIET SODA:
– The Ramazzine Foundation, a European Cancer Research Center, conducted a study on aspartame which revealed that aspartame increases the risk of cancers like lymphoma, leukemia and breast cancers. The National Cancer Institute‘s refuses to acknowledge the link between aspartame and cancer, but it might be well worth your thinking that what is harmful to rats is also harmful to humans. Moreover, the dismissive stand of regulatory bodies concerning aspartame is merely based on the absence of data that can conclusively support such a connection and NOT on a finding that establishes that aspartame does not cause cancer.
2.Mental disorders and degeneration of brain cells
– Excessive ingestion of artificial sweeteners, according to researchers from the University of Praetoria and the University of Limpopo, can lead to various mental disorders and the degeneration of the brain. Publishing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers noted that aspartame appeared to cause damage and even death to nerve cells. Since aspartame disrupts the functioning of the cell’s energy source, it will lead to a barrage of effects on the whole system.
– As early as 1994, a study conducted published on PubMed.gov showed that ingestion of aspartame was associated with headaches. Subjects in the study revealed that they experienced headaches 33 percent of the time when taking aspartame compared to 24 percent when on placebo treatment. Moreover, Dr. Robert Milne and Blake More in their book “Headaches” report that headaches are the most reported side effect given by those who take products containing aspartame. They add that in a University of Parkinson‘s at Florida study, it was found out that the incidences of migraines doubled for a majority of test subjects who took aspartame. Their headaches lasted longer and were marked by significant signs of shakiness and diminished vision.
4.Weight gain and increased blood sugar
– Aspartame is NOT a healthy alternative for diabetics or those wanting to lose weight. Contrary to popular belief, a recent study has shown that regular consumption of “diet” soft drinks is strongly connected with abdominal obesity and that aspartame can increase blood sugar. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Center San Antonio reported in a study that, as a group, 70 percent of those who drank diet soft drinks gained weight as opposed to those who did not. Moreover, those who drank 2 or more diet sodas regularly experienced an increase in their waist circumference by 500 percent more than those who did not drink them.
Aspartame makes you FAT !!!
In another related study that analyzed a possible relationship between intake of aspartame and fasting glucose and insulin,one of the researchers, Dr. Gabriel Fernandes, revealed that heavy aspartame exposure might potentially contribute to the associations noticed between soda consumption and the risk of diabetes in humans.
The above health conditions are just some of the 92 reported medical health problems reportedly associated with aspartame. Despite the stand of aspartame manufacturers that their product has been declared safe for human consumption, it is still strange that there are still reports from sectors who do not stand to benefit from such declarations that aspartame is not safe.
Prudence would dictate that avoiding a product may be better in the long run than to discover firsthand that all the warnings about it was true.
Why? Because you happen to be living proof of it.
How Do You Protect YourselfEASY!
To keep yourself safe from contracting “artificial sweetener syndrome,” it is suggested that you stop taking all products containing this chemical.
If you have brought or stocked up on products containing aspartame, you can arrange to return them so you can get a refund. If you feel that you may need professional help in getting over the disease, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Take a proactive approach to being healthy.
Finally, for those taking aspartame simply because they want to observe a healthy diet, replace your aspartame habit with ‘real sugar’. Although it may have more calories, it is better than being poisoned. Those who want to manage their weight problems are advised to seek a healthier course of action like eating more whole foods, vegetables and fruits and getting regular exercise. True and sustainable weight loss cannot be achieved through a quick fix without a change in lifestyle. Set a personal example to be healthy and watch yourself regain your life.
Just make sure that your vitamins do not contain aspartame –or it would be defeating the purpose!
And also remember, that Aspartame is being marketed as a ‘healthy sugar’, and most mainstream nutritionists would infact recommend it’s use.
Now that you are more knowledgeable, PLEASE DON’T FALL FOR THIS NONSENSE!
Stay vigilant ~ stay healthy!
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