How Safe are Artificial Sweeteners?

“Hans, I want to lose some weight, but I love my soft drink and sweet food.    Can I replace sugar with those artificial sweeteners?”   This is a fair question, and the answer should be a no-brainer.   Sugar is one of the main culprits in the obesity crisis and being able to replace sugar with a zero calorie substitute sounds like a dream come true.    But like all dreams, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare. And that nightmare may include you actually turning into a no-brainer after the toxic chemicals in the artificial sweeteners have fried your brain cells.

We have all been led to believe that artificial sweeteners like aspartame are safe to use and will help us to lose weight.

But what if both of those beliefs were false?

There has been concern about safety of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal and Nutrasweet), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharine (Sugarine) for many years.

In the USA there are six sugar substitutes approved for use. These are

  • stevia,
  • aspartame,
  • sucralose
  • notame
  • acesulfame potassium
  • saccharin

The warning bells should sound as soon as you start consuming something that was created in a lab.   Any serious dieter who is concerned about their health should be systematically eliminating any food that is not recognised as originating in nature.


We have already covered on other posts, that no serious dieter following the Ratchet Diet philosophy would eat fake food that comes in a cardboard box.

We will occasionally eat something out of a can or jar, but only if the contents are recognisable as real food.    A can of sardines contains objects that look remarkably like real fish.   A jar of asparagus shoots contains items that look as if they might have once been real vegetables growing in the soil on a farm somewhere.    But artificial sweeteners fail this test so on that score alone we are not interested in using them.    However, we need to know a bit more before we ban them from our diet completely.

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 entirely by mistake.  A chemist called James M. Schlatter was developing a drug to treat peptic ulcer disease, and accidentally spilled one of the chemicals he was using onto his finger. He licked his finger clean, and in doing so discovered the sweet taste of aspartame.

The approval process for aspartame was riddled with corruption.   The FDA tried to deny the approval of aspartame products, because of fears such as:

  • Flawed data
  • Brain tumor findings in animal studies
  • Lack of studies on humans to determine longer-term effects


In August 1977, the FDA published a report by Jerome Bressler which had reviewed some of the earlier studies that had been used to “prove” that Aspartame was safe  The report revealed that the studies findings were based upon very bad research. A few examples included:

  • Deceased lab animals were not immediately autopsied, some not for an entire year after death. Decomposition rendered any data from them inaccurate.
  • Tumors found in lab animals were reportedly cut out and thrown away.
  • Animals from whom tumors were removed were labeled “normal,” and obvious tumors were deemed to be “normal swelling.”

GD Searle, the company trying to get aspartame approved hired  Donald Rumsfeld in March 1977 as their CEO.


Rumsfeld brought with him additional political clout by appointing several of his political associates to top management positions.  In January 1981, Rumsfeld proclaimed he would get aspartame approved within one year.  So, despite all the game playing and countless unresolved safety issues, aspartame was approved for use in soft drinks in the fall of 1983.

Less than a year later, the FDA had recorded 600 consumer complaints of headaches, dizziness and other health-related reactions from aspartame consumption. The unprecedented number of complaints caused the FDA to call in the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The CDC concluded adverse reactions to aspartame were occurring in “unusually sensitive” individuals, but there was not enough evidence to prove existence of wide-spread health problems attributable to its consumption.

Aspartame goes by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It is one of the first generation of artificial sweeteners and is 180 times as sweet as sugar. At the end of 2008, aspartame was found in over 6,000 products.

The scientific name for aspartame is 1-aspartyl 1 phenylalanine methyl ester. It has three components:

  • Phenylalanine which makes up 50 percent of the chemical by weight
  • Aspartic acid — 40 percent
  • Methanol (wood alcohol) — 10 percent


What are some of the  conditions Linked to Aspartame?

Aspartame has been identified as a definitive causative factor in the following serious health concerns:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Visual Changes
  • Brain Cancer

Aspartame and Weight Gain

A little known fact is that aspartame may actually cause you to gain weight.

The two main ingredients of aspartame are phenylalanine and aspartic acid.  These components stimulate the release of insulin and leptin, which are the hormones that tell  your body to store fat.   A large intake of phenylalanine can also drive down your serotonin levels.   Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that tells you when you’re full.

To date, the FDA has not been presented with scientific information that would support a change in conclusions about the safety of any of the approved high-intensity sweeteners (with the exception of Stevia, which is exempt under FDA’s GRAS policy due to its being a natural substance in wide use well before 1958.

After reading the above, and the articles linked to in the References section, and watching the videos, I think that most sane people will stop using these products.  I have focussed on aspartame, but it seems that any of the products listed have issues of their own, with maybe an exception for Stevia.   It is pretty obvious that you cannot trust government agencies and scientists to protect our health and safety.  They are motivated by greed and affected by ignorance and bias when they set the guidelines for these products.

Eventually the effects of any dangerous substance becomes so obvious that it has to be banned, but by that stage many years have passed and millions of people have been made sick or died as a result of the poisonous substances they have been consuming.

It’s just not worth the risk of treating yourself like a human guinea pig.


Sweet Misery

Uploaded on Nov 20, 2009

The artificial sweetener, aspartame, is the bedrock of the diet industry. Found in everything from fizzy drinks to vitamin pills and marketed under a variety of different names, it is difficult to detect and even harder to avoid. But is it safe?
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The artificial sweetener, aspartame, is the bedrock of the diet industry. Found in everything from fizzy drinks to vitamin pills and marketed under a variety of different names, it is difficult to detect and even harder to avoid. But how safe is it? Does it really cause brain tumours, blindness and other serious illnesses? This shocking documentary investigates how the FDA came to approve such a potentially dangerous product.


Aspartame Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World – FULL LENGTH

Uploaded on Jan 2, 2011

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If a product is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and composed of natural ingredients, would you assume it is safe to consume?
If the same product is an artificial sweetener, would you assume it helps control your weight?
Millions of people use aspartame, the artificial sweetener known as NutraSweet, with these assumptions in mind.
Aspartame can be found in thousands of products such as:
instant breakfasts breath mints cereals sugar-free chewing gum cocoa mixes coffee beverages frozen desserts gelatin desserts juice beverages laxatives multivitamins milk drinks pharmaceuticals and supplements, including over-the-counter medicines shake mixes soft drinks tabletop sweeteners tea beverages instant teas and coffees topping mixes wine coolers yogurt
However, aspartame’s tainted history of approval and potentially toxic ingredients cast serious doubt on the safety of this sugar substitute. Furthermore, aspartame may actually increase your appetite (Farber 52).
While the FDA approval may signal the green light for safe consumption, 85 percent of all complaints registered with the FDA are for adverse reactions to aspartame, including five reported deaths. A closer look at the unscientific studies, suspicious approval methods, and its harmful ingredients, reveal the hidden dangers of this artificial sweetener. In reality, aspartame poses a public health threat.
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Following video got removed by youtube.  Worth searching for it yourself if you have a spare moment.

Dark Secrets of Artificial Sweeteners Revealed with Mike Adams

Published on Feb 18, 2014

NATION | Could dangerous chemicals be hiding in the foods Americans eat and drink every day? They just may be more common than you think. For thousands of years, people have sweetened food and drinks with honey and sugar. Some people, concerned with calories, use artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. Some early sugar substitutes were found to cause cancer, and have other ill effects on health.
Many critics charge these artificial additives pose dangers of their own. Many people point out unusual ingredients that go into such sweeteners. Splenda, for instance, is manufactured using chlorine. Skeptics say such food additives also play havoc with human metabolism. Aspartame has even been charged with causing brain tumors, heart attacks and seizures.
Mike Adams is known as the Health Ranger. He is an activist for healthy foods. Adams is one of the leading voices in America about the dangers of artificial sweeteners.
Adams is our guest on the show today. We will talk about what is really in the foods we eat every day. We will also discuss the history of the artificial sweetener industry, and health effects of the chemicals. The future of the industry will be covered, and we’ll learn what you can do to ensure better health for yourself and your family.

Artificial sweeteners: Should we be afraid of Aspartame ?

Uploaded on Mar 22, 2011

FULL VIDEO Event of the ALDE ADLE Seminar: Artificial sweeteners: Should we be afraid of Aspartame ?
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Event date: Wednesday 16 March 2011 13:00 to 15:00 Location: BE BRUSSELS A5G-2
Studies recently published have shown aspartame’s potential negative impacts on pregnant women as well as the carcinogenic potential of his sweetener.
We propose to organise a public hearing to address the potential health risks of the artificial sweetener aspartame bringing together scientists, consumer’s organisation, manufacturers and official from EFSA.
The aim is to have an informed debate on the issue of public interest.
MEPs in this event
LEPAGE Corinne – Citoyenneté Action Participation pour le 21ème siècle PARVANOVA Antonyia – National Movement for Stability and Progress

(2006) Dr. Brackett: Sweet Remedy, The World Reacts to an Adulterated Food Supply






  1. There is only one thing that I hate more than artificial sweeteners and that is sitting next to a large person on a small plane seat. Do you like riddles? I do, that’s why I’m starting this letter with one. What weighs more than a Suzuki Swift, less than a Hummer and smells like the decaying anus of a deceased homeless man? No idea? How about, what measures food portions in kilograms and has the personal hygiene of a French prostitute? Still nothing? Right, one more try. What’s fat as ****, stinks like s**** and should be forced to purchase two seats on a Jetstar flight? That’s right, it’s the man I sat next to under on my flight from Perth to Sydney yesterday.

    As I boarded the plane, I mentally high-fived myself for paying the additional $25 for an emergency seat. I was imagining all that extra room, when I was suddenly distracted by what appeared to be an infant hippopotamus located halfway down the aisle. As I got closer, I was relieved to see that it wasn’t a dangerous semi-aquatic African mammal, but a morbidly obese human being. However, this relief was short-lived when I realised that my seat was located somewhere underneath him.

    Soon after I managed to burrow into my seat, I caught what was to be the first of numerous fetid whiffs of body odour. His scent possessed hints of blue cheese and Mumbai slum, with nuances of sweaty flesh and human faeces sprayed with cologne – Eau No. Considering I was visibly under duress, I found it strange that none of the cabin crew offered me another seat. To be fair, it’s entirely possible that none of them actually saw me. Perhaps this photo will jog their memories.

    Pinned to my seat by a fleshy boulder, I started preparing for a 127 Hours-like escape. Thankfully though, the beast moved slightly to his left, which allowed me to stand up, walk to the back of the plane and politely ask the cabin crew to be seated elsewhere. I didn’t catch the names of the three flight attendants, but for the purpose of this letter, I’ll call them: Chatty 1, Chatty 2 and Giggly (I’ve given them all the same surname – Couldnotgivea****). After my request, Chatty 1 and Chatty 2 continued their conversation, presumably about how shit they are at their jobs, and Giggly, well, she just giggled. I then asked if I could sit in one of the six vacant seats at the back of the aircraft, to whichGiggly responded, “hehehe, they’re for crew only, hehehe“. I think Giggly may be suffering from some form of mental impairment.

    I tried to relocate myself without the assistance of the Couldnotgivea**** triplets, but unfortunately everyone with a row to themselves was now lying down. It was then I realised that my fate was sealed. I made my way back to Jabba the Hutt and spent the remainder of the flight smothered in side-boob and cellulite, taking shallow breaths to avoid noxious gas poisoning. Just before landing, I revisited the back of the plane to use the toilet. You could imagine my surprise when I saw both “crew only” rows occupied by non-crew members. I can only assume Giggly let them sit there after she forgot who she was and why she’s flying on a big, shiny metal thing in the sky.

    Imagine going out for dinner and a movie, only to have your night ruined by a fat mess who eats half your meal then blocks 50% of the screen. Isn’t that exactly the same as having someone who can’t control their calorie intake occupying half your seat on a flight? Of course it is, so that’s why I’m demanding a full refund of my ticket, including the $25 for an emergency row seat.
    I’m also looking to be compensated for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by being enveloped in human blubber for four hours. My lower back is in agony and I had to type this letter one-handed as I’m yet to regain full use of my left side. If I don’t recover completely, I’ll have to say goodbye to my lifelong dream of becoming Air Guitar World Champion. If that occurs, you will pay.

  2. I quit artificial sweeteners about a year ago as part of a diet plan and sat back to see what impact it would have on my life. I never thought it could happen to me, but boy was I wrong. I met this woman at the church picnic and she was very attractive. Father Mylar told me her name was Carol. All the men who were unmarried certainly noticed how attractive she was, so I figured I had to make my move. Seven months later we were married, and we had relations. Wow! It really can happen to anyone!

  3. Well worth trying to quit artificial sweeteners. Anything could happen. So I’m in this bar, ok? And there’s this totally, totally hot babe, ok? And like, I’ve had a few beers so I’m all bold, ok? So I order another beer and walk over to her, right? Well turns out she’s been downing Vodka shots for the last hour, totally pissed off about some guy. So I figure I’m in there, totally! I go over all smooth and introduce myself and she, like, totally digs me! Orders a couple more Vodka shots and we clink glasses and down them. Next thing I know, four or five more shots later, she’s like, “Let’s get out of here.” So we book, ok? We get a taxi and I’m checking her out and she’s totally hot, ok? Legs, breasts, all that stuff. Really hot, ok? I mean really hot. Taxi lets us off at her place, and she invites me up, right? Score! So I’m in the apartment, beer in hand, she’s acting all sexy-like. It’s hot! My head’s spinning, she’s totally hot, everything’s hot, ok? Next thing I know, it’s, like, seven in the morning and there’s a note pinned to my jacket asking me to lock the door when I leave. I’m still dressed and really have no idea what, if anything happened.

    How cool is that!

  4. Great post. Reminds me of last night when was home alone, flipping channels, when for some unknown reason, I began to watch Martha Stewart. And she’s telling me how to make spice tins out of an orange rind and I start noticing how sexy she is. So she’s there on the screen forcing those orange rinds onto pre-sized bottles, you know, to get the proper shape for the tin, and I’m getting all turned on! So I begin t touch myself as Martha bakes the rinds in the oven for 3 to 4 hours, until they’re nice and hard. And sure enough, I’m all nice and hard. I start to think about what Martha would do in a situation like this, so I grab an old T-shirt or dust rag, you probably have them lying about the house, and pleasure myself right there in front of the TV, no mess at all!! Martha would totally be proud. Well, needless to say it was one of the most intense sexual experiences of my life! Just incredible.

  5. Its easier to quit sugar than artificial sweeteners. I have been struggling anyway and need to distract myself. My friend and I walked into a total lesbian bar the other night. We had no idea, but when we opened the door, there were all these scalding hot hotties. And they were all over each other! Man, I began to throb, let me tell you! So my friend turns to me and says “I bet these chicks just need a real man. They’d probably be all over us if we let them.” He’s a pretty smart guy, so I figured he was probably right. So I walk into the middle of the bar, get the attention of every hottie in the room (not difficult, it was pretty obvious they were into me, just like my friend said they’d be) and said “Hey girls! I know you guys think you’re dykes and all, but I bet you’d love to have a real man! Who’s up for it?”

    Two months later, when I got out of traction, my friend told me he’s pretty sure one or two of them really did seem interested in hitting on me, as opposed to just hitting me in the face. Too bad the other 40 or 50 dykes were so uppity about it. I might have had a threesome!!!

  6. Its never to late to learns something new. A friend of mine was gynecologist and he had become so fed up with malpractice insurance and health insurance paperwork and was burned out.

    Hoping to try another career where skilful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become an auto mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could.

    When the time for the practical exam approached, the gynaecologist prepared carefully for weeks and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised
    to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the instructor, saying, “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade?”

    The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50%
    of the mark. This equalled an A”. After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career.”

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  17. First time poster here with a really strange comment. I have been looking forward to improving my self-image and how I look and feel when I lose weight. I seen to get more interested in having sex with my husband. He loves the change. I am just interested in why. Is there some sort of physiological reason that losing weight would want me to tear my hubbies clothes off him and make mad passionate love day and night? I mean, there are plenty of people who aren’t actively attempting to lose weight, and they are getting it on with their sexual partners just fine.

    One of my girlfriends has recently had a gastric bypass operation. She had lost a great deal of weight, but her husband was still obese. She wanted loads more sex but he was less interested. When discussing how things were going, she mentioned there were some things she and her husband were adjusting to. She had even considered joining a dating site to get laid with no strings attached as an interim measure until her husband gets with the program.
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  23. Hi, my name is Amanda and I have been struggling with weight issues since I was a teenager.

    I have been following your advice and have seen the weight peel away.

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  24. Great article. I refuse to touch the stuff. I rarely have soda but if I do, I’ll have the full strength full sugar stuff.

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