Here’s a little more information on aspartame.
If you’re curious about aspartame read my previous post, if you haven’t already, because if you consume the following products it is likely that you are consuming aspartame: “diet soda, over-the-counter drugs & prescription drugs (very common and listed under “inactive ingredients”), vitamin & herb supplements, yogurt, instant breakfasts, candy, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, coffee beverages, instant breakfasts, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, juice beverages, laxatives, milk drinks, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers, etc.”*** Also beware of the phrases “no sugar added” or “sugar free” this usually means there is some kind of artificial sweetener added. It’s upsetting that this additive is used frequently, yet not many people are aware of the side effects. My hope is that after reading this you will be an informed consumer.
I was inspired by Shane’s comment my previous post about aspartame to write more about this topic. She said that her doctor thought she had MS, and she feels she may have had methanol overdose because of the aspartame. This often seems to be the case, but read for yourself. Here is a list of the 92 symptoms the FDA states aspartame can cause and several diseases it can mimic:
Abdominal Pain Anxiety attacks arthritis asthma Asthmatic Reactions Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention) Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia) Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals) Breathing difficulties burning eyes or throat Burning Urination can't think straight Chest Pains chronic cough Chronic Fatigue Confusion Death Depression Diarrhea Dizziness Excessive Thirst or Hunger fatigue feel unreal flushing of face Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair Headaches/Migraines dizziness Hearing Loss Heart palpitations Hives (Urticaria) Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Impotency and Sexual Problems inability to concentrate Infection Susceptibility Insomnia Irritability Itching Joint Pains laryngitis "like thinking in a fog" Marked Personality Changes Memory loss Menstrual Problems or Changes Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake) Muscle spasms Nausea or Vomiting Numbness or Tingling of Extremities Other Allergic-Like Reactions Panic Attacks Phobias poor memory Rapid Heart Beat Rashes Seizures and Convulsions Slurring of Speech Swallowing Pain Tachycardia Tremors Tinnitus Vertigo Vision Loss Weight gain Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases Fibromyalgia Arthritis Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Parkinson's Disease Lupus Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Epilepsy Alzheimer's Disease Birth Defects Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Lymphoma Lyme Disease Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Panic Disorder Depression and other Psychological Disorders
There are no benefits to consuming aspartame and this additive hinders brain functioning. The presence of phenylalanine promotes cancer growth and aspartame is about 50% phenylalanine. So, there is no downside to ending your consumption of this additive. If you need alternatives see my previous post about aspartame. If you are a regular consumer, I would strongly recommend going 60 days without ingesting any aspartame to see if you notice a difference in the way you feel.
Not everyone is effected similarly by aspartame, my Aunt developed bladder cancer, several people have died or been permanently brain damaged, while others may ingest aspartame and not feel any effects. Similarly some people can smoke Marlboro Reds until they are at the ripe age of 94, and others can die from pulmonary dystrophy without ever smoking a cigarette. Now that you know the effects of aspartame you can decide if you want to take the risk.
***quoting Betty Martini