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Artificial sweeteners are not only unhealthy, but they are also everywhere. If we do some little research on the internet, it is very easy to discover its history and especially the side effects.
Aspartame is also known by other names, such as Nutra-Sweet, Equal, Spoonfull, Canderel, Sanecta, E951 and is contained in over 9000 products, in over 90 countries worldwide. It has a power 200 times sweeter than sugar with only 4 kcal / g (16 kJ / g).
Skip the story and how it is possible that it arrived on our table (it seems to derive from genetically modified bacteria).
It is composed of: aspartic acid (40%), phenylalanine (50%), methanol (10%). This combination is very dangerous for people with phenylketonuria whose consequences are growing Shrunken and dementia.
The increase of the rate of phenylalanine in the blood, causes a decrease of the levels of serotonin in the brain, and this can lead to emotional disorders such as depression, very dangerous in infants and young children.
Dr. Russel L. Blaylock (Medical University of Mississippi), noted that many studies showed the danger of aspartic acid. Very high amount of aspartic acid and acid glutamine causing severe neurological disorders. The brain is protected by the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB), which makes sure that high concentrations of poisonous substances are hampered during the process of supply of blood from the brain. But this barrier, in the first place is not yet fully developed in the period of childhood, and secondly, excessive use of aspartame and glutamate damages neurons slowly. Even more than 75% of brain cells are damaged before symptoms such as:
The methanol is equally dangerous. Minimum amount taken in a prolonged period is sufficient to damage the nerves, first of all, because the more sensitive, ones eyes and brain cells.
The methanol is released from aspartame, when combined with an enzyme (the enzyme chymotrypsin) and is destroyed by our body in formalin and formic acid. Our body also absorbs methanol so more quickly if it is heated over 30 ° C (86 ° F). Despite this, the FDA approved aspartame in foods heated over 30 ° C.
There are also conjecture in which the GulfWar Illness (GWI) is caused by cans of Coca Light stored in hot places.
Formalin and formic acid are also these very poisonous to our body. The formalin is not destroyed by our body, can lead to death, is a carcinogen and causes the detachment of the retina, disorders in the copy of DNA and congenital defects.
It was considered an acceptable daily dose of 7.8 mg/d of methanol, but a liter of beverage sweetened with aspartame contains about 56 mg of methanol.
Therefore, attention to the symptoms of methanol poisoning:
These are just some of the side effects of aspartame. Think about that, until the middle of 1970 aspartame was considered by the CIA a potential weapon of biological warfare!