Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Found to be sweet as sugar but lower calorie, it was the perfect drug to market as a food.
Anything "diet" or low calorie.
Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The food industry claims Aspartame is safe, but most of the studies were done by the food and beverage industry that market the same product. The book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of "chemical poison".
- Aspartic acid from aspartame has the same deleterious effects on the body as glutamic acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate. The excess aspartate and glutamate in the blood plasma shortly after ingesting aspartame or products with free glutamic acid (glutamate precursor) leads to a high level of those neurotransmitters in certain areas of the brain.
- Phenylalanine (50 percent of aspartame) is an amino acid normally found in the brain. Persons with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize phenylalanine. This leads to dangerously high levels of phenylalanine in the brain (sometimes lethal). It has been shown that ingesting aspartame, especially along with carbohydrates (diet soda), can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain even in persons who do not have PKU.
- Methanol/wood alcohol (10 percent of aspartame) is a deadly poison. Some people may remember methanol as the poison that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead. Methanol is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin.
- Diketopiperazine (DKP) is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors. Some authors have said that DKP is produced after aspartame ingestion. I am not sure if that is correct. It is definitely true that DKP is formed in liquid aspartame-containing products during prolonged storage.
Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They "excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death.
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. Aspartame causes formaldehyde to build up in your brain, which results in all sorts of potentially serious medical problems. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/ migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. It may be Zero calories, but it would seem the calorie is the least of your worries when compared to this nasty poison.
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Stevia is widely-used as a no-calorie herbal sweetener. It is easy to find Organic Stevia. Some people do not like the taste, so xylitol is another good option if you desire low calorie. If you are not worried about calories, organic sugar can be found. While there is no health danger per se as you find with artificial sweeteners, the body is not designed to metabolize lots of sugar, so be moderate with its use no matter how organic is it.