Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Dangers of Aspartame

Aspartame is a methyl ester of a phenylalanine/aspartic acid dipeptide. In other words, it is the fecal matter of the ecoli bacteria. It was finally approved in 1974 by the FDA after failing to win approval 3 times. When consumed, the aspartame releases aspartate during the digestion process. This aspartate released is a neurotransmitter used by the neurons in the brain cells. However, when the aspartate levels become excessive in the body, it is capable of leading to blood poisoning and death of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.

When consumed in diet drinks, aspartame from the drink is broken down in the small intestine by digestion. The aspartame then releases some amounts of methanol, which is a retina and optic nerve transmission interruptor. This can lead to visual disturbances and vision problems.

The following foods contain aspartame:
instant breakfasts
Breath mints
Sugar-free gum
Coffee beverages
Frozen desserts
Juice beverages
Milk drinks
Wine coolers
Soft drinks
Sweeteners (splenda and nutrasweet)

Aspartame can be linked to the following problems:
Emotional disorders/mood swings
Birth defects
Vision loss
Low sperm count
Low birth weight
Increased appetite

Let us take this info and use it as a catalyst in changing our diets. We must be more responsible about the foods we consume. Share this with your friends and family.

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