The Spin on Aspartame: The Truth We’re Not Being Told
Everyone has heard about Aspartame. It is the most common artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in most foods and beverages.
If you google the term, you will find more than enough information, research findings, and speculation out there to fill encyclopedias. So in this article, we will briefly outline the most important part of the debate: Aspartame’s safety.
For more than 35 years now, we are constantly being told that Aspartame is not dangerous for humans, and that medical experts and the government would inform us in case of the opposite.
However, everything we’ve been told about its safety is a lie, and the reason is obvious – corporate profits.
Where Did Aspartame Come From?
Aspartame was first developed by the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle in 1965, but they could never get it approved by the FDA. Reportedly, the monkeys and mice Aspartame was tested on developed tumors, brain lesions, seizures, and even died from it.
Moreover, later on when the product was about to get approved for use in carbonated beverages, the National Soft Drink Association itself objected, saying that Aspartame wouldn’t be safe to use because it is very unstable in liquid form where it breaks down into, among other things, formaldehyde.
G.D. Searle and Co. was bought and rebranded by Monsanto in 1985. The NutraSweet Company operated until 2000, when Monsanto sold it to J.W. Childs Equity Partners, where it remains today.
For all these years, the FDA managed to compile a list of 92 symptoms associated with aspartame consumption, such as nausea and dizziness, blindness, deafness, weight gain, and even death.However, aspartame is still being used, and it’s showing up in more and more products than ever before. According to the Aspartame Resource Center, the product is included in over 6,000 consumable products and consumed by more than 250 million people worldwide. And they should know; the ARC is actually a public relations and “information” arm of Ajinomoto, one of the largest producers of aspartame in the world. They are also known for its other additive, monosodium glutamate, or MSG.)
Understandably, ARC’s website is full of cheerful information about the “safety” of aspartame. They even have a section named “Meet the doctors,” which lists their “medical advisory board.”
In this section, the ARC claims: “The Aspartame Information Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was created to help guide the Center’s communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame benefits, safety, and role in a healthy diet.
The board members provide counsel on current medical and nutrition science, as well as insight on tools that help address the needs of health professionals in their work. Their backgrounds span critical areas of medicine and science, and each has unique experience in health and nutrition.”
How to Know if a Product Contains Aspartame?
Since the FDA requires aspartame to be listed on the label, the ARC says that simply looking at the ingredient list will tell you if a product contains aspartame.
However, there are companies that simply don’t like listing it properly. So if the label mentions “phenylalanine,” which is a component of aspartame, then the product definitely contains aspartame.
Yet, you need to be vigilant, as aspartame can turn up where you least expect it, such as in vitamins you give to your kids, your liquid antibiotics, or your Metamucil. In fact, your vigilance is the only way to avoid the ingestion of this harmful product.
Our government and medical experts are in extremely deep pockets of the industry that makes and sells aspartame, and so far they are not showing any signs of stopping.
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