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The Dangers of Aspartame

Updated on September 24, 2016

1 Order of Cancer and a Migraine to go Please

There has been much debate regarding the use of artificial sweeteners as sugar replacements. One such sweetener that is under the spotlight a lot is aspartame.

Speaking from personal experience, there is actually nothing good about aspartame whatsoever. It may be used as an alternative to sugar, but it is actually also an appetite enhancer. Research has shown that people who consume aspartame, especially in apparent 'diet' sodas and foods, actually end up consuming more calories from other sources as well. One of the side effects of it is that it causes cravings for carbohydrates.

The consumption of aspartame has also been linked to severe migraines, epileptic fits, seizures, mood disorders, neurological damage, as well as tumours.

Before I knew of the dangers and side effects of aspartame, I would buy a pack of gum without a second thought. Only after hearing about the side effects of aspartame, and suffering from inexplicable and debilitating migraines, did I stop to check the ingredients in each and every food item I bought and consumed.

Aspartame is often found in the most unlikely places. Many different chips/crisps contain it, despite the flavour of them being something as innocent as 'spring onion and balsamic vinegar' or 'barbeque beef flavour.' I often stop to ask why aspartame is needed in what is apparently supposed to be a savoury food. Since when did chips or crisps need to be sweetened?

Aspartame is also found in almost every single fruit juice squash drink, soda, and other cooldrink on the market. Often, you will find that the item contains sugar, but it will also contain aspartame, as well as one or two other sweeteners. It's quite simple really. If the manufacturers can get you to crave more of their product, they make more money.

After scrutinising every single food item before I buy or consume it, my migraines have all but disappeared completely. I no longer have severe cravings for carbohydrate rich foods and I also no longer suffer from severe fatigue or muscle cramps.

Aspartame has also been linked to leukameia, as well as lupus. Many lupus sufferers were avid aspartame consumers prior to their diagnosis. In almost every case where the consumption of aspartame was stopped, the symptoms were dramatically reduced. It is also known to aggravate ADD and ADHD symptoms. So if you think you're doing your children good by keeping them off sugar and substituting it with aspartame, think again. You are doing far more harm than good.

When aspartame is heated to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the wood alcohol ingredient in it actually converts to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used to embalm dead bodies! Now, I don't know about you, but I definitely don't want to be embalmed before my time!

So, the next time you slip a nutri sweet or canderel into your cup of coffee, think long and hard. It could very well be converting to formaldehyde before you take your first sip from the cup.


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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      You are so right, justmesuzanne. Unfortunately the majority of people are under the impression that because it is 'declared safe by the FDA, it must be safe to eat.' And those are usually the ones who complain the most about the symptoms discussed here....

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Great information! All artificial sweeteners (and indeed all artificial ingredients) should be banned. If it isn't food, you shouldn't eat it! Voted up and useful!

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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for stopping by.

      When you mentioned all the symptoms that you have, it actually points towards a condition known as aspartame poisoning. There have been a few documented cases where, after the person stops all forms of aspartame, the symptoms disappear within mere weeks - without the use of any medication!

      Feel free to drop me a mail anytime for advice :-) I will soon be doing another article linking to this one, which will also be of a lot of help to you .

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      christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas


      What an excellent and informative article. I started out drinking tab sodas when I was 11 to stay thin. Yes the be thin pressure was on even then. I now suffer from ADHD, migranes and epilepsy. The only bad thing I ever heard about it was that it could cause cancer. Your article really opened my eyes, I consume about a twelve pack of diet coke a day and have used sweet and low for years. I am going to try your solution. My 8 year old is also ADHD and as you said I give him sweet and low instead of sugar. Thanks so much for the heads up. Looking forward to more articles.

      Warmest regards,


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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Betty. If you notice, these days, almost every single food item is either laced with msg, sweeteners or tartrazine. It's scary! Whatever happened to the days when crisps/chips were a savoury item? ;-)

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Shona, great hub. I must admit I have a diet soda almost every day. I love your comment "since when did chips or crisps need to be sweetened"? That's how I feel about tomato sauce, bread, peanut butter, etc.

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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely Enelle. For ADHD, also avoid MSG, tartrazine and all E ingredients as far as possible. It's worked very well for me :-)

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Excellent hub! I will definitely be reading more labels in the supermarket from now on. Thanks for the tip ;) my son is ADHD/ODD and I certainly don't want to aggravate it LOL!

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      Shona Venter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks Bard :-) It's amazing though, how many folk flat out refuse to stop using it, yet they all suffer from the same symptoms!

      Since I started to scrutinise every single food item that I consider purchasing, and eliminated this poison from my diet 100%, my migraines and muscle pains have disappeared almost 100%. I now don't remember when last I suffered from a severe migraine, whereas before, it was a case of "I don't know when last I didn't have a migraine."

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Excellent hub about a horrible poison that I too campaign against. I suffer from floaters and am convinced they came about because I ignored warnings many years back and used gum that contained it. I gave up gum eventually because I was unable to find any without aspartame. It got sneaked into "Regular" as well as "Sugar Free." You ask why it is in savoury products, and a good point! I have asked why it is in vaccines and in tablets you swallow! No one has answered me yet!