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Why You Should Avoid Aspartame

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Why You Should Avoid Aspartame

Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was one of the most hotly contested in FDA history. The artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but because of strong political and financial pressures.

With all the research now available on aspartame and its various ingredients, it’s hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it is, and it’s been silently wreaking havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years.

Just to refresh your memory, aspartame has been linked to the following health concerns:

  • Lymphomas, leukemias and brain cancer
  • Neurological symptoms including headaches, depressed and anxious mood, seizures, memory loss, hallucinations and dizziness
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Asthma
  • Visual changes
  • Joint Pain
  • Weight gain and diabetes
  • Rashes and hives

The truth is, aspartame should never have been released into the market, and allowing it to remain on the market is really a serious public health issue—no matter how many times it gets rebranded with splashy new names, like Neotame and AminoSweet.

Aspartame has been the subject of a great deal of research over the past several decades. But much of this research has been seriously flawed due to major conflict of interest—funded by those interested in promoting aspartame at any cost.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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12:08PM PDT on Sep 30, 2011


10:54AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

this is frightening! I think I had some aspartame in some yogurt ..

12:56PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Noted with interest.

12:12PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

good articele.

7:38AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

All the more reason why I need to quit soda. But like any addiction, easier said than done.

11:04PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011


4:33PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

removing some of the atoms from sugar and replacing them with atoms of chlorine, which is of course one of the chemical elements used during the atrocities of World War II to create poison gas, the same element used in chlorine to disinfect pools and public water supplies.

4:31PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Today, we now see the vast majority of complaints of food side effects sent to the FDA being caused by aspartame. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, that is, a neurotoxic chemical, and it breaks down in your body into both formic acid and formaldehyde. Now, would you like to go out and drink some formaldehyde? Well, you might do that if you were a biological specimen that needed to be preserved for dissection, but if you're a normal, healthy, sane human being, you'd never drink formaldehyde. Unless, of course, they put it in an artificial sweetener compound and added it to cans of your favourite carbonated soft drink, in which case Americans will gladly drink formaldehyde in can after can, poisoning their nervous systems, going half blind, experiencing epilepsy and increasing the onset of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Again, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves with these chemicals. And yet we have entire groups, food lobbies and public apologizers who run around saying that these ingredients are perfectly good for you. There's nothing wrong with drinking formaldehyde and formic acid. You'll be fine! Drink more! Here, in fact here's a 50 percent more coupon, so you can buy even more!

Some say, "Well, aspartame is on the way out -- the big sweetener now is Sucralose or Splenda." This is the artificial sweetener that claims to be made from sugar. Well, I suppose you can claim that it starts out as sugar, but it's made by r

3:47PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

I did a high school project for Chemistry on Aspartame back in 2003... it is really disturbing. I don't drink Diet Soft Drinks, but unfortunately aspartame is in gum--which I like to have at work sometimes.

7:32AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Fellow members please practice buyer beware & do your research on Mercola. When you find misinformation question them. I can tell you they have never replied to me.

I believe he is a good writer, salesman, PR person and perhaps even a good doctor but he seems to feel he knows more about everything than any other specialists and that kind of thinking concerns me.

This article is information available elsewhere but he gets to advertise his info. We are a captive audience to business. Time to question Care2. I'd rather they don't expose me to him.

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