Some of you may have heard of Aspartame. For those who haven’t, you can find numerous results about it on Google.
In this article we will discuss about its safety for consumption, since we’ve been told many times that it is completely safe and that we’d be informed in the case of opposite.
Well, as it turns out, we’ve been fed lies all along. The reason? Corporate profits.
When aspartame was developed by the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle, they couldn’t get an approval by the FDA because the mice and monkeys involved in the research developed tumors, brain lesions, seizures, and some of them even died.
Yet, the company was persistent and continued to convince everyone that their product is safe. For 16 years, they’ve been constantly rejected.
Eventually, the FDA asked the Department of Justice to prosecute G.D. Searle for submitting fraudulent test data with the goal to get Aspartame approved.
“Beyond a shadow of a doubt aspartame triggers brain tumors,” stated Dr. Adrian Gross, an FDA senior toxicologist.
Even the National Soft Drink Association proclaimed Aspartame as unsafe and that it mustn’t be included in carbonated beverages as it is very unstable in liquid form and breaks down into, among other things, formaldehyde.
When G.D. Searle and Co. was purchased by Monsanto in 1985, NutraSweet Company operated as part of Monsanto until 2000, when Monsanto sold it to J.W. Childs Equity Partners.
Meanwhile, the FDA discovered 92 symptoms linked to the consumption of aspartame, such as weight gain, deafness, nausea, blindness, dizziness, and even death, and it is still being used!
Today, this product can be found in over 6,000 products worldwide, as stated by the Aspartame Resource Center, at www.aboutaspartame.com.
Interestingly, the Aspartame Resource Center is actually a public relations and “information” arm of Ajinomoto – one of the biggest producers of aspartame in the world after NutraSweet. Ajinomoto is also known for producing other additives such as the well known monosodium glutamate, or MSG.
On the site, you can find information on the safety of aspartame, and even a section labeled “Meet the doctors,” which lists their “medical advisory board.”
The Aspartame Information Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was created to help guide the Center’s communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame benefits, safety, and role in a healthy diet.
The board members provide counsel on current medical and nutrition science, as well as insight on tools that help address the needs of health professionals in their work. Their backgrounds span critical areas of medicine and science, and each has unique experience in health and nutrition” reads this section.
The Aspartame can be found on product labels by the demands of FDA.
Still, you need to be careful and know that if it is not mentioned, if the list of ingredients contains “phenylalanine”, the product contains aspartame, as it is its component.
Aspartame can be found in products you least expect, such as vitamin supplements or liquid antibiotics. Keeping close eye to the label before you purchase the item is the only way to avoid it and prevent its side-effects.