Today I’m talking about aspartame, the infamous artificial sweetener. I’m talking about aspartame because thinking about what you consume as a beverage or a food is important when considering a clean life. Is aspartame clean? Or is it “dirty”?
Aspartame was discovered on accident by a scientist in 1965. He was researching an anti-ulcer drug and licked his finger to get a better grip on a tool. The sweetness he tasted on his fingers was aspartame, and he got addicted. Aspartame is made up of two amino acids and when eaten, it is broken down into small amounts of methanol in your body.
Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar, which means you only need a very small amount to match the regular sweetness of sugar. And because it is so potent, you only need a tiny amount of it and this keeps the calories low in food and beverages. This is why it seems likes it is in everything that says diet or low-calorie.
Now, is aspartame safe to consume?
Well, aspartame is regarded as safe according to the FDA. However, aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious and include seizures and death.
A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are:
Loss of taste
Have you experienced any of this? Because I have. When I ingest aspartame, it feels like someone has their hands wrapped around my neck and is choking me. So, I guess you can say it triggers my asthma.
Which brings me to the following chronic illnesses that can also be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
So, is it safe to consume? Well, you can do whatever you want to do, but I try to avoid like it’s the plague. Many experts even calm it to be a “chemical poison” that can be just as addicting as cocaine or heroin. AND research shows that ingesting too much aspartame can send your neural cells into overdrive and can “excite” or over stimulate them to death. Which is why it can trigger so many of these symptoms.
The big question, is it clean? Not for one second in my book. What would be more appropriate to use as a sweetener for a clean diet? Well, I would suggest honey, maple syrup, or even stevia. Why those? Well, I might just make a video about those later, so stay tuned and look out for that.
Thanks for reading about the dirty as mud artificial sweetener, aspartame. It even leaves a little sour taste in the mouth. Aspartame! I hope to see you next week. Have a beautiful day ingest clean sweeteners.
Take care of yourself <3
- Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx