Brain damage, decreased nervous system formation and endocrine problems in children. Brain tumors and lesions. (They (Science) knew it caused brain tumors in rats way back in the 1970's.)
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
Increased medical problems if you have ever suffer a stroke, brain injury, or seizure. Or maybe have dealt with hypertension, diabetes, meningitis or viral encephalitis.
Headaches, memory loss, nausea, PMS, dizziness, mood changes, hallucinations, heart arrhythmias, joint pain and more.
WHAT COULD THESE MEDICAL PROBLEMS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
The answer is easy, but you may not want to hear it. You may not even realize that it is everywhere.
It's the Artificial Sweetener Aspartame, or better know as NutraSweet, Equal, or Spoonful.
The FDA has had more complaints about Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel, NatraSweet, Spoonfuls, DiabetiSweet) than any other food additive, and yet it is still on the GRAS list (Generally Regarded As Safe) despite its strong association with brain tumours and seizures. It is a synthetic compound made up of Phenylalanine and Aspartic Acid held in a chemical bond by Methanol, which breaks down into Formic Acid, Formaldehyde and Diketopiperazine (DKP). Rest of the Story...
So, now that we know we shouldn't eat or drink it. Where can we find it, or what all is it put in?
Currently, aspartame is consumed by over 200 million people around the world and is found in more than 6,000 products including carbonated soft drinks, powdered soft drinks, chewing gum, confections, gelatin's, dessert mixes, puddings and fillings, frozen desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops. In the United States, all food ingredients, including aspartame, must be listed in the ingredient statement on the food label.
The Aspartame Information Center
Read the labels on what you eat and drink. Get off the diet soda or pop. Switch to something better for you. And if you need a sweetener, we can talk about stevia.
Let me know if you have a sweetener story, I would love to hear it.