The Dangers Of Aspartame

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I intend to scare you all with this post :P. Reading the title you might think that you don’t eat aspartame, so you need not read further.

Do you eat/drink any of these ?

  •  Yoghurt(Drinkable/Fat Free/Sugar Free)
  • Sugar-free products (Chocolate Syrup/Cookies/Ketchup/Pies)
  • Jams and jellies
  • Chewing Gum
  • Flavored Syrups for Coffee
  • Frozen Ice
  • Flavored Water Products
  • Frozen Ice Cream Novelties
  • Fruit Spreads
  • Gelatin, Sugar Free
  • Iced Tea(Powder/Ready to Drink)
  • Ice cream Toppings
  • Hard Candies
  • Ice Creams(No Sugar or Sugar Free)
  • Instant Cocoa Mix
  • Chewing Gum
  • Breath Mints
  • Cereals
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks(Diet sodas)
  • Nutritional Bars
  • Protein Nutritional Drinks
  • Pudding
  • Juice Drinks
  • Maple Syrups
  • Juice Drinks
  • Maple Syrups

Now that you are convinced that you consume Aspartame in one or the other food item, let’s go ahead.

What is Aspartame ?

Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar – is made of 50 percent phenylalanine, 40 percent aspartic acid and ten percent methanol.

Why is Aspartame most dangerous substance added to food ?

Aspartame accounts for more than 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives as per FDA. Many of these reactions are extremely serious, including death. A few of the 90 symptoms caused by aspartame include:
  • Seizures
  • Headaches/ migraines
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Nubness
  • Dizziness
  • Weight Gain
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of taste
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Hearing loss
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Slurred speech
According to researchers , the chronic illnesses that can be worsened/triggered by aspartame include Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Brain tumors, Mental retardation, Birth defects, Chronic fatigue syndrome etc.
Are you scared now 😛 ?

How to avoid Aspartame ?

Do not fall prey to sugar free foods and read labels of food items properly.  Low sugar foods are healthier than sugar free foods.

aspartame in chewing gum

For example – Diet coke or Diet pepsi both contain aspartame. Orbit contains aspartame.

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