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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dr. Anthony Vandreyes on Dangers of Aspartame

 article by Dr. Anthony Vandreyes [based on Aspartame Consumer Safety Network research]:

The most popular artificial sweetener found in our groceries, supermarkets, kitchens and restaurants and on our very dining tables is aspartame. It is marketed under trade names like NutraSweet or Equal.
 

In fact, you can't buy a stick of gum or a box of mints without being offered a dose of aspartame, and without reading the label like a hawk, you wouldn't know because it's not always obvious that a product contains aspartame. On most restaurant tables, right alongside the packets of white sugar, which is unhealthy in its own right, are pink and blue packets of NutraSweet and Equal, both of which contain known poisons called excitotoxins. Would you like some excitotoxins today?

Aspartame is a synthetic chemical composed of the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid bonded with methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol breaks down in the body to formic acid (the poison in ants' sting) and formaldehyde (embalming fluid). Each time you drink a 
diet soft drink or chew sugarless gum containing aspartame, you are feeding unhealthy doses of these substances into your system.

Alternating nervous system 

The amino acids can go directly to the brain and alter the function of your nervous system. Your brain naturally contains phenylalanine, but phenylalanine in high concentrations is very unhealthy. Aspartame consumption provides phenylalanine in excess to your brain. Researchers know that a rise in brain phenylalanine levels ultimately increases the risk of seizures. The other chemicals mentioned above are also very toxic. They are all excitotoxins.

Poor control of 
diabetes, menstrual changes, thinning or loss of hair, poor weight control, low blood sugar, severe PMS.

Instead of a healthy dietary programme and exercise, people concerned with weight loss may use sugar-free foods sweetened with aspartame to reduce their calorie consumption. Unfortunately, aspartame is often associated with sugar cravings, overeating and weight gain!

Advertisements for aspartame portray it as a 'healthy' alternative to sugar. Such advertising makes aspartame even more dangerous to consumers who are ignorant of the artificial sweetener's potential side effects. Because of this deceptive advertising, people concerned about their health regularly use aspartame-sweetened products.

Some items that often contain aspartame:

Aspartame is everywhere. Monsanto, its main manufacturer, has made a fortune from this chemical. Here is a list of common foods that often contain it:

Diet soft drinks, instant breakfasts, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa and coffee beverages, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, juice beverages,
laxatives, multivitamins, milk drinks, pharmaceuticals and supplements, no-sugar shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers, yoghurt, children's vitamins.

Recommendations 

Develop the habit to read carefully the ingredients list of everything you put in your mouth.

Be particularly careful of 'sugar-free,' 'fat-free' or 'sugarless' foods and beverages, especially diet soft drinks.

The newest of the artificial sweeteners is Splenda (sucralose). I do not feel that we have enough experience with Splenda to be totally confident of its safety although, "so far, so good".

I recommend the herb stevia as a sweetener to my patients. Known in South America as the 'sweet herb', stevia has been used for more than 400 years without ill effect. Stevia has been enormously popular in Japan, now rivalling NutraSweet, Equal and Sweet'N Low. It's 20 times sweeter than sugar, so a small portion of stevia goes a long way.