Posted: 29 January 2019
This is an English translation of the article entitled, "L’aspartame č un killer silenzioso che ci consuma totalmente" which may be found at: https://www.chedonna.it/2019/01/27/laspartame-e-un-killer-silenzioso-che-ci-consuma-totalmente
Aspartame is often used by those suffering from diabetes to sweeten their drinks. Considered a "healthy" alternative to sugar, this ingredient has become popular and yet aspartame is more than ever in the sights of controversy.
Aspartame: the controversy invests the chemical sweetener
The controversy over aspartame has lasted over 30 years. Up to now, few people know the damage that can be induced by this chemical sweetener.
For many consumers, aspartame is a healthy sweetener approved by health authorities, however the reality seems to be quite different for this ingredient that has been marketed in a questionable way. The history of this food sweetener is complex because it is at the center of the convergence of various governmental and industrial interests. The sweetener is said to be responsible for various health risks, including lymphoma and leukemia. Yet it is used in a long list of popular foods in the artificial sweetener market of foods called "sugar-free" such as sugar-free drinks, sugar-free yogurt, candy and sugar-free chewing gum etc ..
Aspartame: 5 hidden dangers in one of the world's most popular artificial sweeteners
Danger n. 1: aspartame is transformed by the body into formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical
Aspartame is composed of 3 unique elements whose synergy is toxic. This means that the combination of these 3 components is more toxic than if one of them was consumed alone. The three main constituents of aspartame are aspartic acid , phenylalanine and methanol . Toxic components for the body if ingested.
The methanol free is particularly toxic because once in the body is transformed into formaldehyde and formic acid. Yet this substance is found in many fruits and vegetables and alcoholic beverages but is not dangerous. The reason ?: methanol from aspartame is not accompanied by ethanol , which protects from methanol intoxication. The latter is responsible for many damage to living tissues, DNA and can cause lymphoma leukemia and other cancers.
In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives the results indicate that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogen , even in small doses. A daily dose of 20 mg / kg of body weight would be enough, much less than the recommended dose. Results that question the circulation of sweetening product on the market.
Danger n. 2: aspartame can cause obesity and metabolic syndrome
Contrary to popular beliefs about aspartame, this is not a healthy alternative to sugar. If consumed in excess, it can lead to weight gain and metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Worse, several studies have revealed that sweeteners like aspartame can lead to weight gain that is not related to caloric intake.
According to a study published in the journal Appetite in 2013, aspartame is more likely to cause weight gain than sucrose, a form derived from sugar. This scientific study also explains that the intake of sweeteners changes the production of hormones by the body and increases the appetite and the desires of sugar.
Danger n. 3: Commissioner FDA contributed to the approval of aspartame despite toxicity tests
The discovery of aspartame did not have dietary purposes in itself. Scientists accidentally discovered this artificial sweetener by developing a drug for ulcer for GD Searle & Company , a pharmaceutical company discovered by Monsanto in 1985. When the researchers found that the chemical had a sweet taste, it was presented to the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) to become a very popular dietary ingredient. However, early studies of this product have indicated that it could cause epileptic seizures and death in monkeys, observations that have not been reported to the FDA. It was when FDA scientists discovered the dangerous effects of aspartame that G. Searle took a strategic blow in anticipation of a new FDA commissioner appointed by Ronald Reagan to force approval of the sweetener.
Danger n. 4: aspartame is produced by genetically modified E. coli bacteria:
Aspartame can be produced from excrements of genetically modified E.coli bacteria. The fermentation of the bacteria provides a by-product necessary for the production of the chemical sweetener: phenylalanine.
Danger n. 5: aspartame can cause permanent brain injury
One of the components of aspartame, aspartic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier. When an excess of sweetener is ingested, the brain cells are saturated with calcium. This results in damage to the neural cells, which can lead to serious brain damage. Exposure to aspartic acid may cause dementia, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis or endocrine disorders because this substance excites the brain.