Aspartame has been one of the most controversial food additives for many years, with some even declaring it one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply.
The official line is that the additive is safe, and regulatory bodies often do their finest to ignore the negative results that have come from particular studies.
Aspartame has actually been linked to many illness, from seizures all the way to deadly cardiovascular attacks in females. More recently, studies have shown positive links to diabetes, and also increases the risk for heart, kidney, and brain damage.
This issue over aspartame in not just a recent issue, way back in 1967, Dr. Harold Waisman, a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin, on behalf of the Searle Company, performed an experiment regarding the effect of aspartame on baby monkeys. 7 monkeys were fed aspartame combined with milk, the results? one monkey died and five of the others suffered grand mal seizures.
Regardless of the public controversy surround aspartame, and the length of time we have known about the threats of it, it is rather stunning that it is still found in many of the most popular food products consumed today. “Diet” drinks, chewing gum, breakfast cereals, all include this artificial sweetener, which is considered as an excitotoxin.
In a crafty marketing move, aspartame can now be identified under the name aminosweet in an effort to deceive consumers into believing the product they are buying is aspartame free. Do not be deceived.
Marketed under the brand names Nutrasweet or Equal, aspartame is used as an artificial sweetener in many ‘diet versions of foods. In the 1980s the CEO of Searle, Donald Rumsfeld, campaigned for its approval to be allowed in foods, and now with the blessing of the FDA how many millions more people will be deceived into consuming this damaging chemical?
Aspartame is created by using genetically modified bacteria in the USA. In the European Union, it is codified as food additive E951.