What is Asparatame?

You hear about it but you have probably ignored it.  The food tastes good so that won’t hurt right?  What do you know about this chemical that seems to be popping up in foods all across America and it supposed to help you loose weight and eat less sugar but may be doing other things that you don’t want..

Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. In the European Union, it is codified as E951. Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide.

Now if you have trouble pronouncing any of that, in laymans terms, it’s a sweetener that may or may not have a healthy effect on your body!

  1.  It is sold as an artificial sweetener like NutraSweet and Equal.
  2. The FDA approves aspartame, recommending a maximum daily intake of 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
  3. It is usually labeled under diet foods.

It is said that your body can process small quantities, but in large amounts it can kill you.  I have a hard time believing that it’s naturally produced by the body.  I know that that human body produces a lot of different chemical reactions but this one?  This chemical can also found in fruit, fruit juice, fermented beverages, and some vegetables.

According to https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx , Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.   I know for me personally, I read all labels now because I know that my body cannot handle this chemical and it produces headaches in me. Here are just some of the side effects: 

Dizziness Seizures Nausea Numbness
Muscle spasms Weight gain Rashes Depression Fatigue
Irritability Tachycardia Insomnia Vision problems Hearing loss
Heart palpitations Breathing difficulties Anxiety attacks Slurred speech Loss of taste
Tinnitus Vertigo Memory loss Joint pain  


According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of asparatame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:

Brain tumors Multiple sclerosis Epilepsy Chronic fatigue syndrome Parkinson’s disease
Alzheimer’s Mental retardation Lymphoma Birth defects Fibromyalgia

It is a chemical poison that in my opinion should not be ingested.  Take a look at the labels in your home and just soak in how many of the products that you purchase at the store carry this chemical.  I stay true to the adage:  if I can’t pronounce it, I shouldn’t eat it. 

Find out more at https://www.healthline.com/health/aspartame-side-effects#overview1

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