The Dangers of Aspartame
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.