Action needed NOW. Comments close 2/15/13.
If Europe takes the lead on this, perhaps Americans will open their eyes. Don’t wait until the FDA bans it— stop consuming it now and watch your mysterious, vague health problems and run-down feelings go away (it can take up to 60 days to get aspartame out of your system, and its addictive properties have been established).
It’s only when sales of aspartame start falling that the FDA will re-evaluate aspartame honestly and ban it for good.
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PLEASE MAKE VIRAL. We don’t get shouty about many issues here, but aspartame is a bona-fide poison breaking down into the body into formaldehyde, aspartic acid (ant poison), and methanol (wood alcohol, contributing to its addictive properties). It has been linked to over 100 side effects, such as cognitive impairment, severe headaches/migraines, and visual disturbances (pilots are not allowed to ingest the stuff before flight), and has been implicated in causing Parkinson’s (Michael J. Fox was apparently a HUGE Diet Coke drinker) and MS, among other illnesses. Haven’t heard about any of this? PLEASE, open your horizons, get out of your filter bubble for half a minute and find some independent research. Good intro sources are Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, and the Aspartame Support group on YahooGroups.
Also, if you look into the history of how aspartame was approved, you’ll see it boils down to total corruption, conflict of interest, and deliberate lies (suppression of studies showing aspartame to cause tumors and cancer).
We also have reported on aspartame at our sister site, VF: Focus on Health. There we explain why Splenda is to be avoided as well.
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And here’s a fresh-off-the-presses article in the mainstream media that can’t hide everything about aspartame anymore:
Yahoo! Shine: “Study: Diet Soda Increases Risk of Diabetes. Why do we still drink this stuff?” 2/8/13, Lylah M. Alphonse
Better look at it before it’s taken down.
Select quotes from this article:
“"With respect, in particular, to ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks, the relationship with diabetes can be explained partially by a greater craving for sugar in general by female consumers of this type of soft drink," the researchers explained. "Furthermore, aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used today, causes an increase in glycaemia and consequently a rise in the insulin level in comparison to that produced by sucrose."
Translation: Drinking artificially sweetened drinks makes you crave other sweet things (hello, chocolate!). And your body reacts to aspartame— also known as NutraSweet and Equal—much in the same way that it reacts to plain old sugar.”
Quibbles with the article —because it still defends aspartame WAY too much:
- The results of this French study were not “unexpected” to those of us who have been following aspartame and its toxic side effects for years. Many studies have proven that aspartame contributes to weight gain (& therefore diabetes), but the mainstream media, which gets quite a lot of its advertising from beverage companies, hasn’t reported on it.
- Your does does not react “much in the same way that it reacts to plain old sugar.” This is the author speaking, not the researcher, and she is dead wrong on this one. Um, no, your body can actually handle sugar (we evolved to, in *small* quantities). Your body can’t handle aspartic acid, formaldehyde, and methanol, which is why aspartame makes you sick. And tell people with PKU that aspartame is basically like “plain old sugar.” But the fact that people who drink diet sodas usually overeat other items—particularly refined carbs and other weight-packing fare— has been proven. You know, with science.
- Also *highly problematic* is that this article links to [removed here—we don’t publish trash] the highly misleading [and no doubt, sold out] Wikipedia article on aspartame [linking to its also highly biased and aspartame-apologetic article on the “aspartame controversy”]. Wikipedia is really disappointing on this issue in that it has allowed a few articles with really dubious sources and information to dominate all its aspartame discussion. Please open your mind and do not support Wikipedia or take what it has on its pages as gospel. Critical thinking, folks!
- Quoting the American Diabetes Association, which has historically promoted aspartame like it is harmless, is like asking Wayne LaPierre what his opinions on gun control are. The ADA has always been in the pocket of Monsanto (original manufacturer of aspartame/ Equal/ NutraSweet) and, later, Searle. You see, if people stopped getting diabetes, there wouldn’t be such a need for funding for the American Diabetes Association, would there?
- We don’t need “additional research” on aspartame. Aspartame has been vigorously studied. The studies to pay attention to are the ones that are truly financially independent of aspartame’s manufacturers and investors.
- The takeaway is to not wait to throw all of your aspartame and artificial sweeteners away immediately, and urge everyone you know to do the same. Remember, aspartame is also in gums, foods, “diet” products, “low-calorie” products, and “sugar free” products. Get rid of all of them in order to be truly free of its side effects.
- If you are really serious about weight loss, you should abstain from all soda and sweetened beverages entirely, including juices— all of those impair your body’s ability to handle insulin, a hormone that not only manages sugar, but stores fat as necessary. More circulating insulin=> insulin resistance => more bodily fat => diabetes (“diabesity”). All of this is established science. The processed food industry, however, makes huge profits off refined carbs and cheap sugar, so that’s what they push in their products.
- On our sister site we explain why our society is an obesogenic one and lay out our anti-obesity platform that, if fully implemented, would decrease obesity by at least 70%. Just scroll for it or search our tags.