“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
- acesulfame potassium
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
- 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.
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
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Documentary by: Sound and Fury Productions. Source: Mercola.com
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
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(2006) Dr. Brackett: Sweet Remedy, The World Reacts to an Adulterated Food Supply