For a long time, authorities have known the health risks associated with and side effects of aspartame. In fact, the FDA refused approval of this toxic substance for 16 years after its accidental discovery (it was originally a peptic ulcer drug) due to compelling evidence of its role in brain tumors and several other health disorders.
Interestingly enough, shortly after current Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, became CEO of G.D. Searle Company and the day after Ronald Reagan took office, FDA commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes approved aspartame over objections by the FDA Board of Public Inquiry. Hayes was appointed to the post by the Reagan Administration. Shortly after its approval, he went to work for Monsanto subsidiary NutraSweet on a 10-year contract for $1000 per day.
Today, 75% of food additive-related health complaints to the FDA are concerning aspartame. At one point, the NIH estimated about 170 side effects associated with it. Currently the FDA only recognizes 92 side effects of aspartame.
Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision
decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
trouble with contact lenses
tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment
headaches and migraines
confusion and memory loss
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Other side effects of aspartame
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all?, death
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
Additional side effects of aspartame, which may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Now that you’ve read the dangers of aspartame, I hope you have resolved to eliminate it from your diet once and for all. Be patient because aspartame just happens to be highly addictive as well.
When ending your love affair with aspartame, switching to another artificial chemical compound such as saccharin or Splenda,® is not a good idea. Highly refined sweeteners like agave syrup, corn syrup, white sugar (including organic sugars like Florida Crystals) or fruit juice concentrate are not the answer either.
So what are some healthy foods to eat instead of aspartame and these other synthetic sweeteners? One excellent choice is stevia, which comes from the dried leaves of the South American plant of the same name. It has been used for centuries without ill effects and does not cause blood sugar to spike.
If tolerated or not contraindicated by your health regimen, small amounts of whole food sweeteners like raw honey, real maple syrup, Rapadura and molasses may be occasionally used.
About Adrienne Hew
Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.