Aspartame – The Bittersweet Reality

Aspartame

The Discovery…

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by an international pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle and Company. A group working on an ulcer drug were looking for an inhibitor of the gastrointestinal secretory hormone gastrin.

While creating a bioassay (potency of a substance by its effect on living cells or tissues) an intermediate chemical was synthesized, aspartylphenylalanine-methyl-ester (aspartame).

While a researcher was recrystalling aspartame from ethanol, the mixture spilled onto the outside of the flask. Some of the powder got onto his fingers. Later, when the researcher licked his fingers to pick up a piece of paper, he noticed a very strong sweet taste.

He realized the sweet taste might have been the aspartame. Believing the dipeptide (peptide composed of two amino-acid residues) aspartame was not likely to be toxic. The researcher tasted a little bit and discovered its sweet taste.

The First Report…

The discovery was reported in 1966 with no mention of the sweetness of aspartame. In 1969, investigators first reported the discovery of the artificial sweetener in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The researchers reported an accidental discovery of an organic compound with a profound sucrose (table sugar) like taste. Preliminary tasting showed this compound to have a potency of 100-200 times sucrose.

The End Result…

Today, hundreds of millions people worldwide consume foods and soft drinks stamped with the NutraSweet, They dump packets of aspartame in their coffee, and consume artificially sweetened products such as: cereal, puddings, gelatins, cheesecake, chewing gum, diet soft drinks, children’s vitamins, chilled juices, and over 9,000 other products.

So What Is It?

What is aspartame, a.k.a. NutraSweet (aspartyl phenylalanine-methyl ester). Aspartame (C14H18N2O5 ) is a compound of three components. The components are methanol, aspartic acid and phenylalanine (free form amino acids).

Yum! Methanol!

Methanol (methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a colorless. It is a poisonous and flammable liquid. It is used for manufacturing formaldehyde, acetic acid, methyl t-butyl ether (a gasoline additive), paint strippers, carburetor cleaners for your car’s engine, and chloromethanes. This poison substance can be inhaled from vapors, absorbed through the skin, and ingested.

In aspartame, methanol poisoning and poisoning from methanol’s breakdown components (formaldehyde and formic acid) can have widespread and devastating effects.These devastating effects occurs in even small amounts. It is especially damaging when introduced with toxic free-form amino acids, called excitotoxins (a pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed).

Methanol is quickly absorbed through the stomach and small intestine mucosa. Methanol is converted into formaldehyde (a known carcinogen). Then the formaldehyde is converted to formic acid. These two metabolites of methanol are toxic and cumulative.

Phenylalanine Disaster…

Phenylalanine is an amino acid separated from its protein chain, and use it as an “isolate” or by itself is toxic. Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death.

Aspartic Acid, An Accelerant…

The Aspartic acid in aspartame is also an excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is a deleterious substance which excites or over-stimulates nerve cells. This occurs in the brain, as well as the peripheral nerves. Aspartic acid in free form, is an absorption accelerant and can easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

Excitation…

This pathological excitation of nerve cells creates a breakdown of nerve function. This group of compounds cause special neurons within the nervous system to become overexcited to the point which cells will die.

Excitotoxins Connection…

Excitotoxins have been shown to play a key role in degenerative nervous system diseases such as: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and many others.

Research shows, an imbalance of these excitotoxins during critical periods of brain development can result in an abnormal formation of brain pathways (mis-wiring of the brain). This can lead to serious disorders such as behavioral problems (hyperactivity, aggression, attention deficit disorders, learning disorders, poor learning ability)-and a lifetime of endocrine problems such as menstrual difficulties, infertility, and premature puberty.

Fat Animals…

One of the earliest observations seen in animals exposed to large doses was gross obesity. Some neuroscienttists have voiced their concern, the explosion of childhood obesity may be related to excitotoxins in food.

Some Additional Benefits…

Aspartame creates altered brain function, nerve damage, and systemic organ complications. Information collected reveals aspartame clinically exacerbates any borderline predisposing illness. Aspartame complicates certain known medical illnesses like Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, retinopathies, allergies, mentation disorders and more!

True Toxin Not True North…

Aspartame is a true toxin and is unique in this hazardous respect. No other food can be provided as a comparison to the toxic nature of NutraSweet. Research has shown the manufacturer Monsanto and the FDA are manipulating the public (via the media) into thinking, aspartame is safe! It is not!

It is sad public health has taken a backseat to greed! Stay away from all artificial sweeteners if you value your health!

The Seekers of Truth

Some Videos On Aspartame…

The Dangers of Aspartame (Artificial Sweeteners Sugarfree Diet Coke Zero No Sugar Added E951)

Aspartame (E951) is an artificial sweetener, used in over 6000 products. The food industry claims that aspartame helps in losing weight, but why is obesity then becoming such an ever increasing problem? www.naturalnews.com Aspartame is a very sweet c…

Aspartame Danger

One new study says Aspartame, used as an sweetener in many foods, may be a cancer causing substance. Get more information at www.HealthyUpdates.com Get a FREE REMEDY Subscription www.healthisnow.com

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER A Special Feature from the “inGREEDients” movie

This is a special feature urging consumers to think about the use of chemical sweeteners in their diet. For more information visit www.ingreedientsmovie.com

Some Additional Resources On Aspartame…

Aspartame Side Effects – what FDA says? | letmeget.com

Aspartame is the name for an artificial sweetener. Refer this article to know different side effects of Aspartame and what FDA says about Aspartame .

Publish Date: 08/27/2010 0:05

http://letmeget.com/blog/aspartame-side-effects-what-fda-says

The Wellness Warrior: Sickeningly sweet

While the dangers associated with aspartame are widely known, its manufacturers continue to defend their product. Even the FDA, who claim to have the public’s best interest at heart, approve the product for mass consumption, …

Publish Date: 08/24/2010 18:50

http://thewellnesswarrior.blogspot.com/2010/08/sickeningly-sweet.html

Death, Sweet Death: The Dangers of Aspartame « The Real Agenda

Once he moved into politics, he appointed a new FDA commissioner and in 1981 the new commissioner approved aspartame despite the proven dangers and before we knew it, it was added to almost everything. Aspartame can make you feel hungry …

Publish Date: 06/14/2010 21:15

http://real-agenda.com/2010/06/15/sweet-death-the-dangers-of-aspartame/

The Controversy Over Aspartame as an Artificial Sweetener

Since its appearance on the market in 1979, aspartame has been the center of controversy. What is it that has people concerned? Is aspartame really safe? … Read on. Toxic Reactions to Aspartame · The Dangers of Aspartame · Are All Low- Calorie Sweeteners Equal? …

Publish Date: 08/14/2010 9:39

http://www.suite101.com/content/the-controversy-over-aspartame-as-an-artificial-sweetener-a273862

Some Tweets On Aspartame…

Do You Drink Diet Soft Drinks or Consume Artificial Sweeteners? Aspartame Warnings You Should Know About – http://bit.ly/JWhL8 #health

By yournutrition at 08/31/2010 7:04

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By Top_3_Diets at 08/31/2010 3:16

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