Aspartame - This Candy Is Not Dandy

Aspartame is an 'artificial' sweetener (sweet chemical) which is approximately 200 times sweeter than high refined natural sucrose, or table sugar. As it is, refined sugar is one of the worst foods you can eat, but aspartame on the other hand is accounted for more than 75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS). There are 92 symptoms recorded by the US Department of Health following complaints by aspartame users. The food industry says it helps you to lose weight, but it appears to cause slow, silent, some reversible and some irreversible changes in health over 'Long-Term' use.  While aspartame directly effects some people — including those who are unable to metabolize the amino acid phenylalanine — it is also responsible for a host of other health problems including cancer, brain diseases, migraines and other psychological ailments.

Aspartame is marketed under the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, NatraTaste, Canderel, Spoonful and Equal-Measure, etc. Currently, aspartame is consumed by over 200 million people around the world and sweetens over 6,000 food and beverage products, ranging from diet soft drinks to low-calorie yogurt, jams, desserts, juices, chewing gum and sugar-free condiments. It can be found in many of the products that are labled as:
Zero (Coke, Sprite & Fanta)
Pepsi Max
No Sugar Added

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company and was sought for an FDA approval in 1975. The FDA continued to refused its approval requests due to its negative health effects until 1981 when President Reagan (a friend of Searle) took office and fired the FDA Commissioner who wouldn't approve it. Even then there was so much opposition to approval that a Board of Inquiry was set up. The Board said: "Do not approve aspartame". the new commissioner - Dr. Hayes OVERRULED his own Board of Inquiry and approved Aspartame. Since then there have been many short term studies approving aspartame usage safe but it is the 'long term' studies that provide you a direct report on negative effects of this or many other 'Artificial' Sweeteners.

Like many other 'Artificial' sweeteners, aspartame breaks down into its ill effecting constituent amino acids under conditions of 'elevated temperature or high pH' which are unsafe in a body.
Firstly, as claimed by the food industry to be safe in soft drinks which are to be kept cool, even a fool can perceive it to start its pathology after being absorbed in a body that maintains heat.
Secondly, a diet coke having a pH of 3.2 from a scale of 14 (lower the pH level-the acidic the substance) is to be consumed by a body which in modern lifestyles is already too acidic.

Aspartame is a synthetic chemical combination which is comprised of approximately 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methanol.

Methanol - This is the poisonous alcohol or wood poison. Methanol further breaks down into formaldehyde which is not eliminated from your body through the normal waste filtering done by your liver and kidneys. The EPA's recommended limit of consumption of Methanol is 7.8 milligrams per day, but a one liter bottle of an Aspartame-sweetened beverage contains over 50 mg of methanol. Heavy ir ignorant users of Aspartame containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily, which is over 30 times the EPA limit.

Phenylalanine - High blood phenylalanine can be concentrated in parts of the brain and is especially dangerous for infants and fetuses. This decreases the amount of serotonin in your brain, which in turn leads to mood swings (depressions) and increased appetite. This is why aspartame consumption is one of the main reasons for obesity epidemic.

Aspartic acid - This is a neurological toxin comparable to MSG. It over stimulates certain neurons in the body until they die. Much like nitrates, aspartic acid can cause amino acid imbalances in the body and result in the interruption of normal neurotransmitter metabolism of the brain.

There is nothing wrong with Phenylalanine and Aspartic acid if they occur naturally in a proper balance with other amino acids. Their constitute in normal proteins like meat, fish or eggs is only 4-5 percent each of the 'total amino acid profile'. This is how nature intends the human body to encounter these two amino acids naturally. But in aspartame the ratio of these two amino acids is 50 percent phenylalanine and 40 percent aspartic acid with 10 percent methyl ester bond poison.

Triple Whammy
The sweetness of aspartame lasts longer than sucrose, so it is often blended with 'more artificial sweeteners' such as acesulfame potassium to produce an overall taste more like sugar. Aspartame is sometimes blended with 'more artificial sweeteners' in products that may require a longer shelf life such as syrups for fountain beverages.