Aspartame, aka: Nutrasweet® or Equal®, is an Artificial sweetener commonly seen in restaurants, coffee shops and other places in the little pink or blue packages. I read somewhere it puts the DIE in diet and I believe that is so true!
Great Informative Video
What are some common products that aspartame is often found in?
-diet soda pop
-yogurt, pudding and jello
-"diet" food products
-children's chewable vitamins
-some meal replacement shakes or bars
-jellies & jams
-mostly anything labeled "sugar-free"
Natural News stated that, "In 1965, James Schlatter, a chemist for G.D. Searle, was developing an anti-ulcer drug when he accidentally stumbled upon aspartame. Made up of aspartic acid (40%), phenylalanine (50%) and methanol (10%), aspartame is 200 times sweeter than natural sugar." So someone developing a drug (for ulcers) tasted the stuff and said, "Hum, this stuff tastes good."
Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
trouble with contact lenses
tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment
headaches, migraines and some severe
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all:
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Dr. Mercola talking about Aspartame
With all of these effects, why do I see people using aspartame daily? Drinking a diet soda, even worse letting their kids drink a diet soda thinking it is better for them. In my heart, I'm screaming, PLEASE don't give them that.
The other day I saw a family at the same restaurant we were at, they ordered unsweet tea for their 4 or 5 year old and tore open the pink artificial sweetener and poured it in for him. We have to spread the word about this!
What are your thoughts on artificial sweeteners?
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