You surely have heard about Aspartame, and if you google it, you will find tons of info for it, speculation, research findings.
However, we would like to discuss its safety, as we are constantly being told that it is not dangerous and that doctors, medical experts, and the government would inform us in the case of the opposite.
However, apparently, we have been told lies about its safety and the reason is evident- corporate profits.
Aspartame has been initially developed by the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle, but they could not get it approved by the FDA, as the mice and monkeys involved in the research developed tumors, brain lesions, seizures, and even died.
They persisted in showing that their product was safe, even though they were constantly rejected or 16 years.
Then, the FDA finally asked the Department of Justice to prosecute G.D. Searle for submitting fraudulent test data with the goal to get Aspartame approved. Dr. Adrian Gross, an FDA senior toxicologist, told Congress that “Beyond a shadow of a doubt aspartame triggers brain tumors.”
Moreover, the National Soft Drink Association itself objected Aspartame as unsafe to be included in carbonated beverages as it is very unstable in liquid form and breaks down into, among other things, formaldehyde.
In 1985, G.D. Searle and Co. was purchased by Monsanto and the NutraSweet Company operated as part of Monsanto until 2000, when Monsanto sold it to J.W. Childs Equity Partners.
During this time, the FDA has found 92 symptoms linked to the consumption of aspartame, such as weight gain, deafness, nausea, blindness, dizziness, and even death, and it is still being used!
According to the Aspartame Resource Center, at www.aboutaspartame.com, it is included in over 6,000 products worldwide.
Moreover, this center is, in fact, a public relations and “information” arm of Ajinomoto, one of the biggest producers of aspartame in the world, the other being the NutraSweet Company. (Ajinomoto also produces another known additive, monosodium glutamate, or MSG.)
The site includes information on the safety of aspartame, and even has a section labeled “Meet the doctors,” which lists their “medical advisory board.”
The ARC in this section claims that “The Aspartame Information Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was created to help guide the Center’s communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame benefits, safety, and role in a healthy diet.
The board members provide counsel on current medical and nutrition science, as well as insight on tools that help address the needs of health professionals in their work. Their backgrounds span critical areas of medicine and science, and each has unique experience in health and nutrition.”
According to the Aspartame Resource Center, simply looking at the ingredient list will reveal if the product contains aspartame, as the FDA demands that it is labeled.
However, note that even if it is not mentioned, but the list of ingredients contains “phenylalanine”, the product contains aspartame, as it is its component.
Yet, you must be vigilant, as aspartame can be added to products you do not expect it in, like vitamins or liquid antibiotics. Actually, it is the only way to avoid the ingestion of this harmful product and prevent its side-effects.