“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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