All you diet soda drinkers may not like this post, but, it needs to be written!! Aspartame (also known as NutraSweet or Equal) is the artificial sugar substitute that most diet sodas contain. It's also now in over 6,000 items including: gum, yogurt, diet food products, vitamins, medicine. If you do a google search you will find out quickly that there is a lot of negative articles on aspartame, but, then you will find the FDA saying that it is safe. Who do you believe? I am a researcher- I don't believe everything I hear or read- instead, I take it apart myself and examine it and then I get my answer by seeing what my research has shown me. So, let's take apart Aspartame!
Aspartame was approved by the FDA in 1981 for use in dry foods. It was originally approved in 1974, but, findings by a neuroscience researcher put the approval on hold. There is a list of 92 side effects from the use of Aspartame. Seventy-five percent of all adverse reactions from food additives reported to the FDA come from the use of Aspartame. These include: headaches/migraines, seizures, dizziness, nausea, weight gain, muscle spasms, depression, fatigue, irritability, rashes, insomnia, tachycardia, vision and hearing problems, anxiety, heart palpitations, breathing problems, loss of taste, vertigo, memory loss, joint pain, and symptoms of hypoglycemia. I know about this side effects all too well, because I experienced many of them. I used to be a diet soda junkie and have been quit now for almost 6 years. I started this research originally because I discovered I had Aspartame poisoning. I quit it cold turkey and within a week, my symptoms started to disappear.
Aspartame is L-apartyl, L-phenylalanine methyl ester. The three toxic ingredients of it are methanol, which is grain alcohol, phenylalaine and aspartic acid- the last two are amino acid isolates. Let me explain that: Proteins, needed for muscle development and repair, is made up of many amino acids grouped together. There are 22 amino acids necessary for normal human growth, with 14 of those that our body can make called non essential amino acids. Then, there are 8 other amino acids called essential amino acids that we must get from outside sources such as food. Amino acid isolates have been artificially separated from the protein chain and are now single or dipeptide molecules. Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are two types of genetically modified or manufactured amino acids. Because of this our body's metabolize them differently than amino acids that have not been broken apart or artificially made. You also need to know that the isolates of aspartame are incorporated into a compound containing free methanol, which is a carcinogen and mutagen that breaks down into formaldehyde inside our bodies! At certain high temperatures, those of which a can of soda experiences riding on a truck to your local grocery store, the aspartame breaks down into methanol and formaldehyde- so just picture yourself drinking a can of chemicals, because that's what is happening.
Regarding Aspartame in diet soda: it actually can make you gain weight, not lose. This is because when you drink Aspartame it sort of has the same response as when your body ingests high fructose corn syrup. It causes your pancreas to start releasing high levels of insulin which then signals your body to start storing things as fat.
Once again, the best thing you can do is read labels!!!! There are many "diet" foods that contain Aspartame. I have a problem with these foods because you shouldn't be on a diet, you should be on a lifestyle change. That's how you stay healthy for the long term- not temporarily changing how you eat to lose weight. Everything in moderation. If you are going to have a little something that is sweet make sure it's real sugar, preferably unrefined and organic. If you're going to have a little fat such as butter- make it the real thing and not the artificial chemical laden margarine. Seriously- read the back of a package of margarine versus a package of butter- it's crazy!!! Fifty years ago we didn't have the epidemic of disease and obesity and everyone ate real butter and real sugar- just in moderation and there wasn't many processed foods back then either. Makes you think, doesn't it?
So, I will end with this: one of the best things you can do for your health is to stop any ingestion of Aspartame!