What is aspartame? *does bird man rub*
I am SO glad you asked!
There are so many "little" ingredients that we don't realize are linked to the degradation of our health.
This week on episode #2 of #DaHellYouEating, we're looking at aspartame.
Before we begin, remember, it's two ways you can approach this health journey.
You can get outraged to the point you become a defeated and powerless victim OR you can man/woman up, get the knowledge and take action.
The people always have and always will have the power. It's the recognition and use of that power that we're lacking.
We don't have the time to focus on why the people, government and corporations in this country do what it is they do. Our focus must be on staying abreast to what's going on and responding accordingly.
When in doubt always follow the money - who benefits?
If you don't make a habit of looking at the ingredients of what you're eating, chewing or drinking, aspartame may be an unfamiliar word to you.
But rest assure, you're ingesting it.
Let's see what our good friends at the FDA have to say about aspartame:
Aspartame is approved for use in food as a nutritive sweetener. Aspartame brand names include Nutrasweet®, Equal®, and Sugar Twin®. It does contain calories, but because it is about 200 times sweeter than table sugar, consumers are likely to use much less of it.
Well isn't that cute.
They politely let you know that aspartame is an artificial "nutritive" sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than table sugar, but no worries, since it's sweeter, you're likely to use less. If you don't get the....outta here!
So think of the popular brands such as Nutrasweet and Equal, you know those who sell you on being "calorie free", yup that's aspartame.
Look at the ingredients in your sugar free gum, cookies, candy, yogurt, jelly, soda etc, it's there.
You are supposed to believe that since aspartame does not have calories you are actually doing your body a favor by eating this chemical concoction, that a chemist discovered by accident, rather than real sugar.
What most people don't know is that aspartame has been previously banned by the FDA twice. Wait, whuuut?
Let's get a brief history of how it came about:
It all starts in the mid 1960’s with a company called G.D. Searle. One of their chemists accidentally creates aspartame while trying to create a cure for stomach ulcers. Searle decides to put aspartame through a testing process which eventually leads to its approval by the FDA.
Not long after, serious health effects begin to arise and G.D. Searle comes under fire for their testing practices. It is revealed that the testing process of Aspartame was among the worst the investigators had ever seen and that in fact the product was unsafe for use. Aspartame triggers the first criminal investigation of a manufacturer put into place by the FDA in 1977.
By 1980 the FDA bans aspartame from use after having 3 independent scientists study the sweetener. It was determined that one main health effects was that it had a high chance of inducing brain tumors. At this point it was clear that aspartame was not fit to be used in foods and banned is where it stayed, but not for long.
Early in 1981 Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld (who is a former Secretary of Defense.. surprise surprise) vowed to “call in his markers,” to get it approved. January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Searle took the steps to re-apply aspartame’s approval for use by the FDA.
Ronald Reagan's new FDA commissioner Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It did not take long for the panel to decide 3-2 in favor of maintaining the ban of aspartame. Hull then decided to appoint a 6th member to the board, which created a tie in the voting, 3-3. Hull then decided to personally break the tie and approve aspartame for use.
Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller. Burstone-Marstella is the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame.
Bottomline, aspartame is a toxic chemical that was originally banned until some outside influence came into play.
Here's what Arthur M. Evangelista, a former FDA Investigator had to say:
"What I can tell you, regarding toxicology, histology and biochemistry, is that aspartame is neurotoxic. Its components easily transcend the blood-brain barrier, interfering with normal nerve cell function. This affects the glutathione and calcium mechanisms in place, destroying nerve call integrity.
The methanol then breaks down into formaldehyde-formic acid components, which denaturizes/mutates the DNA: a known scientific fact. The subsequent result from this interaction and from isolates of genetically modified amino acids, the methanol, is nerve cell necrosis and subsequent organ system degradation."
Aside from being in food products (also very common ingredient in most chewing gum), aspartame can be found in over-the-counter drugs and vitamins as well. Children's drugs and vitamins, might I add.
Take a look at some popular items:
Sorbitol, Gum Base, Xylitol, Glycerin, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Less than 2% of: Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, BHT (to Maintain Freshness), Blue 1, Mannitol, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, Yellow 5 Lake.
aspartame, cellacefate, colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C red no. 30 aluminum lake, FD&C blue no. 2 aluminum lake, gelatin, magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, natural and artificial flavors, sodium starch glycolate
Sucrose, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Monoand Di-glycerides, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Stearic Acid, dlAlpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E). Contains <2% of: Aspartame,** BetaCarotene, BHT (to preserve freshness), Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Carbonyl Iron, Carrageenan, Cholecalciferol (Vit. D3 ), Chromic Chloride, Citric Acid, Cupric Oxide, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), Folic Acid, Gelatin, Guar Gum, Magnesium Stearate, Malic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Niacinamide, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6 ), Riboflavin (Vit. B2 ), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Molybdate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1 ), Tocopherols (to preserve freshness), Vitamin A Acetate, Yellow 6 Lake, Zinc Oxide
Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Caffeine.
Citric acid, calcium phosphate, maltodextrin, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), aspartame*, maltitol, contains less than 2% of natural flavor, calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, acesulfame potassium, xanthan and cellulose gums, soy lecithin, artificial color, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, red 40. *phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine
Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate And Calcium Disodium EDTA (To Protect Taste), Phosphoric Acid, Aspartame, Sodium Citrate, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium.
The list really goes on and on, with the worst being products marketed for children.
I hate to tell you but Big Foods is more concerned with you thinking that you're choosing healthier options by purchasing products with labels like fat free, low fat, sugar free, low calories than those items actually being healthy.
In fact these are the items you want to stay AWAY from the most.
You can rest assure that in order to eliminate or lower the fat, sugar and/or calories content in these food products, some, or several, chemicals were used in its place.
Above all, know without a doubt that you don't need anyone telling you what's best for you.
Even me. Nope don't listen to me, I'm only here to provide information. You take that information and do what you want and come to your own conclusions.
Use the mind God gave you and ask yourself why man continues to try and prove that he knows more than nature itself.
More importantly look around. We are fatter and sicker than EVER.
Look at the cancer, heart disease, diabetes rate - We. are. dying. yo!
Why do we keep listening to these fools tell us what we need in regard to our bodies and health when the results say otherwise?
I find it interesting how Americans often fall into a well of sorrow and pity whenever some big devastating or heartbreaking event happens in this country but the truth is, there is a heavy debt of karma America owes for its past deeds and will continue to owe as long as it willfully plays a role in enslaving, imprisoning and poisoning its people all in the name of profit.
When will you stop trusting others to decide what's best for you?
- Stay away from aspartame. Look at each and every label and make your voice heard by redirecting your money to products that do not include this chemical.
- Look for natural sources of sweetener. On packaged products you may see cane juice/sugar or maybe coconut palm sugar, agave nectar, or honey. Even go with white sugar if you have to choose between that and aspartame. The problem is too much sugar not the sugar itself, so don't over indulge with the natural sweeteners either!
- Hold yourself accountable. If you know you're addicted to a food product with this ingredient then slowly wean yourself off. Don't make excuses because your health is all you've got!
Photo: Ryan McGuire
How Aspartame Became Legal - The Timeline
FDA Document - [Docket No. 75F-0355]
Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame
FDA Email: Former FDA Investigator Exposes Aspartame As Deadly Neurotoxin That Never Should Have Been Approved
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills