25.Sep.2012 Aspartame: What’s Poisoning You?

The Danger of Diet Soda

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Diet soda contains an artificial sweetener called Aspartame. It is 200 times sweeter than natural sugar, so it is used regularly in diet drinks and many other processed foods.

Sure, diet soda has zero calories. Sure, it has no sugar. It’s even low in sodium. Sounds great, right? Wrong.

In recent years, nutritionists, scientists and doctors have begun to see the dangerous effects aspartame has on the human body. They’ve concluded that the chemical is poisonous and that the issue should not be taken lightly.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the artificial sweetener causes a plethora of documented symptoms:

Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

According to an article, Aspartame: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, it is an excitotoxin that kills neurons in the brain by allowing too much calcium into the cells. It accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.

The Scientific Breakdown

This chemical contains methanol/wood alcohol. Methanol itself is a deadly poison. Methanol is created when the sweetener is heated to above 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

How many times have you made sugar free Jell-O for yourself or for your children? You boil water well over 86 degrees, then you add in the artificially sweetened Jell-O. Little did you know that an ingredient in the snack you prepared has turned into poison.

Once methanol is in your system, it breaks down into formaldehyde and formic acid in your body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin.

Methanol toxicity causes symptoms similar to lupus and multiple sclerosis, and has been linked to a very disturbing disease called fybromyalgia.

Fybromyalgia syndrome effects the muscles and soft tissue. The symptoms include muscle spasms, shooting pains, numbness in hands and fingers, joint pain, lethargy, painful tender points, and sleep problems.

The sweetener is used in various food products in addition to sodas. Check the labels on your food. If it contains the sweetener, do not eat it. Please do yourself and your family a favor: avoid this dangerous chemical now and forever.

For a no-calorie sweetener, it’s best to choose Splenda or Truvia. Although I’m sure that with time, scientists will discover that Splenda and Truvia are bad for us as well. Time will tell. 

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