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Scary Sweetener Haunted by Ugly Past

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Scary Sweetener Haunted by Ugly Past

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” claimed Shakespeare.  Conversely, a sweet name for a potential toxin, does not make it sweet.

Aspartame, has had a makeover.  Thanks to slick marketers, the artificial sweetener now goes by the ever-so-sweet-sounding name of “AminoSweet.”  Surely a substance with such a lovely name is safe for use?  Before I answer that, let’s consider aspartame, er, I mean AminoSweet’s history.

First developed in 1974, by 1980, an FDA Board of Inquiry voted unanimously AGAINST approving aspartame for human consumption, but the vote was overruled by the FDA commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes Jr. by 1983.  Only one year after the approval, an FDA task force learned that some of the original data showcasing aspartame’s safety had been falsified to hide results showing animals fed aspartame had developed seizures and brain tumors; however, the FDA maintained its approval of this product.

In 1983, the same year aspartame was approved for use in carbonated beverages, a neuroscientist published reports in The New England Journal of Medicine that aspartame may increase body weight by stimulating a craving for calorie-laden carbohydrates.

By 1991, the National Institutes of Health catalogued 167 adverse effects linked to aspartame use.  In 1992, the U.S. Air Force issued a warning to pilots not to fly after ingesting aspartame.  And by 1994, the US Department of Health and Human Services had linked the artificial sweetener aspartame to the risk of 88 symptoms of toxicity.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:16AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thank you Michelle, for Sharing this!

1:43PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Well said Klaus P.

12:36PM PST on Dec 19, 2012


3:55PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

I have never cared for artificial sweeteners for they leave a funny aftertaste.

7:41AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

artificial sweeteners have had a shaky history when it comes to health

1:27PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thank you

9:35PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

~I have read several articles on this subject~It's lways nice to learn something new!~

4:39PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Luckily I listen to my body when it tells me not to ingest certain chemicals. Aspartame upsets my stomach so I avoid it always. It's frustrating sometimes though, to eat or drink something that "ought" to be all natural, then get an upset stomach, then read the label and find it has trace amounts of this or other pseudo-food poisons.

11:47AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Do any of these scientists have children and families? I wonder if they advise them to consume any of these "Frankenproducts"?

9:52AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

It is sick that people who care nothing about public health but only about corporate profits are in these positions of authority and can authorize this.

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