The FDA continued to refuse to approve (Nutrasweet) until President Reagan took office (a friend of Searle) and fired the FDA Commissioner who wouldn't approve it.
Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes was appointed as commissioner. Even then there was so much opposition to approval that a Board of Inquiry was set up. The Board said: "Do not approve aspartame". Dr. Hayes OVERRULED his own Board of Inquiry.
Shortly after Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame (Nutrasweet) in carbonated beverages, he left for a position with G.D. Searle's Public Relations firm.
Long-Term Damage: It appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it.
It may take one year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and some irreversible changes in health over long-term use of (Nutrasweet).
What it is and What is it in?
Aspartame is a toxin whose effects are cumulative. It can be found in over 5,000 products (see generic list below). It is very difficult to live without consuming aspartame.
Aspartame is an extremely complex molecule, it is a synthetic chemical composed of the amino acids: 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol. Each of these substances can be dangerous by themselves and even more dangerous as they work together. Each time you drink a diet soft drink or chew sugarless gum, you are feeding unhealthy doses of these amino acids into your system.
Phenylalanine and Aspartic Acid
One of the arguments that the sweetener industry challenge is that the amino acids found in aspartame are natural and are broken down by the body. However, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, when produced synthetically in the lab, do not behave in the same manner as when found in nature. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW – and this is what companies don’t tell you about.
These amino acids can bypass the blood-brain barrier, enabling them both to directly alter your neurological function. Your brain naturally contains phenylalanine, but phenylalanine in its solitary form without its companion amino acids is not normally a part of the human diet.
This is where the health problems posed by aspartame begin. Aspartame consumption provides phenylalanine in excess of your brain's normal level.
And according to James A. May in Miracle of Stevia, talks about the effects of excess phenylalanine and aspartic acid, that make aspartame a dangerous ingredient with devastating neurological effects. Your alternative choice is stevia
If you see phenylalanine on a label, this may be a way to hide aspartame. STAY AWAY!!
Aspartic acid is a neuroexcitatory amino acid; that is, an amino acid that plays a role in stimulating the nervous system. Aspartic acid caused "silent" lesions - often called "holes in the brain" - in the brains of the lab animals.
Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, writing in
"Excitotoxins: The Tastes that Kills", details the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame.
NOW lets talk about the 10% Methanol (wood alcohol)
Methanol is the bond that holds the phenylalanine and aspartic acid together and is perhaps the most dangerous component of aspartame. It is released within ten minutes of consumption.
Very simply, methanol is wood alcohol and is toxic. It is well-known in the literature for doing damage to the eyes, liver, brain, and other organs of the body. Any product that contains methanol should send up a red flag in our minds.
The absorption of methanol into the body is hastened when free methanol is ingested, and free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 85 degrees F (30 C).
This would occur an aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or is heated.
Methanol breaks down into formaldyhyde (embalming fluid), formic acid (ant sting venom), and diketopiperazine (DKP). All are highly toxic. DKP has caused brain tumors in lab tests.
As public awareness continues to grow about the dangers of aspartame, there is growing consensus that we've all been mislead over the toxic artificial sweetener.
This is Politics, not Science
It's all about politics - not at all about science. The artificial sweetener aspartame was approved through fraudulent means.
Deaths of lab animals were covered up. Brain tumors, mammary tumors, pancreatic tumors, and uterine tumors went unreported.
This chemical was never safety approved by the FDA and was actually rushed through the approval process by none other than Donald Rumsfeld! Ask Donald does eat this artificial sweetener or allow his children or his grandchildren to consume this stuff!!
More on this..check here.
Here is a quote from Mike Adams, he is the editor of naturalnews.com and author of more than a dozen books on natural health and nutritional wellness, including:
Grocery Warning, The Seven Laws of Nutrition and How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Days.
Products Containing Aspartame
Aspartame is now found in over 5,000 products worldwide with a label NutraSweet. It is difficult to provide any listing of these, as the list is in a constant state of flux.
The best action to take is to read the labels closely.
Here is a list of items that contains Aspartame
A Greater Danger Ahead?
On December 22, 1997, Monsanto (manufacturers of aspartame and artificial bovine growth hormone) applied for a patent to market a new sweetener, based on the aspartame formula, called Neotame. This will be 7,800 times sweeter than aspartame, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar.
What are the benefits of using aspartame?
This is what the industry has to say about the benefits of aspartame: its sugar-like taste and low caloric value.
This is not a benefit to me this is a lame excuse for a bad product.
There is absolute no health benefits to your body. The industry goes on to say it meets special dietary needs, including those of diabetics and vegetarians.
What people need to know, “at whose expense”?
Are the American people going to continue to ingest artificial sweeteners so they can benefit of a low-calorie food or snack? We need to stop this insanity!! We can not jeopardize our health because we want something that taste good so we can lose weight.
As mention on our “sweet n low page”, artificial sweeteners can actually prevent you from losing weight
Please stay away from any artificial sweeteners and items that are processes and manmade is not good for your health – the industry is just out to make money and THAT IS IT!!