If you have read my post about MSG (and if you haven’t, please do) you may remember me talking about MSG being an “excitotoxin”. Meaning that it excites your brain cells so much, your brain can get excited to death. Well, aspartame (the artificial sweetener) is one of those too 🙂

Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid (40%), methanol (10%) and phenylalanine (50%).

Why is it bad?

Aspartic Acid – the excitotocin, so to get technical: aspartate acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain by helping neurons to talk to each other; too much aspartate kills neurons by allowing too much calcium into the cells; this in turn, triggers excessive freed radicals which kill the cells. If this doesn’t make sense, just remember that it KILLS BRAIN CELLS. It has the same effect on the body as glutamic acid which we talked about in the MSG post.

Phenylalanine – it is found naturally occurring in the brain, however aspartame increases the levels of it and with too much phenylalanine the brain is more susceptible to schizophrenia and seizures.

Methanol – in a nutshell, its a deadly poison (has caused people to do blind and to die). When it heats up above 30 degrees Celsius it releases into Free Methanol (so when an aspartame-containing food is heated this happens, think jelly). When it is ingested, the body breaks it down to formaldehyde, which is a deadly neurotoxin.

Symptoms linked to ingestion of aspartame:

  • Birth defects
  • Brain cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional disorders
  • Epilepsy/seizures
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain
  • Rashes
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Memory loss
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Alzeimers
  • Lymphoma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal problems
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Dementia

  Where is it found?

Aspartame is found in thousands of products, most commonly in the “diet” or “sugar free” ones:

  • shake mixes
  • soups
  • soft drinks
  • tabletop sweeteners
  • tea beverages
  • instant teas and coffees
  • topping mixes
  • wine coolers
  • yoghurt
  • pharmaceuticals and supplements, including over-the-counter medicines
  • vaccines
  • breath mints
  • cereals
  • sugar-free chewing gum
  • cocoa mixes
  • coffee beverages
  • frozen desserts
  • gelatine desserts
  • juice beverages
  • laxatives
  • multivitamins
  • milk drinks

When you are at the supermarket, you want to be looking out for either “aspartame” or “E951” on the ingredient list. And rest assured that pretty much everything labelled “sugar free” or “diet” is bound to have aspartame in it.

Here is an example of what can happen:

A chap by the name of John Cook, did an experiment on aspartame. He started drinking six to eight diet drinks every day. His symptoms started out as memory loss and frequent headaches. He began to crave more aspartame-sweetened drinks. He experienced wide mood swings and violent rages. He also showed abnormal brain function and brain damage. After he kicked his aspartame habit, his symptoms improved dramatically.

I have mentioned this before and I will say it again, please remember that the Blood Brain Barrier which protects the brain from excess glutamate, aspartate and toxins is NOT FULLY DEVELOPED IN CHILDREN. It DOES NOT FULLY PROTECT ALL AREAS OF THE BRAIN; it is damaged by chronic and acute conditions and it still allows seepage even when intact.

So, even if you are willing to take the risk for yourself at least try and protect your children from it as much as you can, because they are the ones most at risk.

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Tash Majenta

I read this article and all i could think of was a little boy who used to visit and wonder where on earth I was putting the coca-cola since it obviously was not in my fridge. He was only 5 at the time and that is about all he would drink!!!

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