This Is Aspartame!!!
I know an elderly man who takes Zero Coke in the name of avoiding sugar. This man doesn’t eat anything that has sugar, hence to a very large extent, his meals are sugar-free
On a certain night as I walked in from work, he called me and requested I read the ingredients in Diet Coke.
I read them all (as a good boy) from the beginning to the end. As I read through, I screamed THIS IS ASPARTAME!!!
The look on his face was frightful and awry. He asked why I screamed and insisted I explained to him the effect of aspartame in the drink.
And the long story began..
The safety of aspartame has been a controversial issue for many years within the medical and political settings.
What exactly is Aspartame?
Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose. Sucrose is the form of sugar known as table sugar.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, originally marketed as NutraSweet. It replaces sugar in a variety of food products and is also used as a tabletop sweetener.
Foods That Contain Aspartame
Do you remember that sachet Maggi?
Currently, aspartame is consumed by over 200 million people around the world and is found in more than 6,000 products including carbonated soft drinks, powdered soft drinks,chewing gum, confections, gelatin, dessert mixes, puddings and fillings, frozen desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners.
Medically, some not-so-obvious foods and products contain aspartame. For example, condiments that typically contain sugar, such as ketchup, dressings, sauces and marinades, may use aspartame in their light or reduced-calorie versions. Aspartame can also be in some prescription and over-the-counter medications. The FDA requires that these medications include a statement that they contain phenylalanine.
Any Side Effects?
Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch lists aspartame under the group of “chemical poison.” As you shall see, that is exactly what it is.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the consumption of aspartame may trigger or worsen headaches/migraines, dizziness, weight gain, fatigue, depression among others.
Food products are constantly changing, and new products are on the grocery shelves every day. The surest way to assess any food or medication is to check the ingredients listing for aspartame.
The EFSA said that, after an extensive examination of evidence, it ruled out the “potential risk of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer,” and deemed the amount found in diet sodas an amount safe to consume
The safest way is to check the ingredient listing of whatever beverage or condiment you want to use.
Importantly, regulation is key. Watch It!!
FDA Statement on Aspartame, 18 November 1996
Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (2006). “Opinion of the Scientific Panel on food additives, flavourings, processing aids and materials in contact with food (AFC) related to a new long-term carcinogenicity study on aspartame”. The EFSA Journal 356: 1–44. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2006.356
EFSA ::. Opinion of the Scientific Panel on food additives, flavourings, processing aids and materials in contact with food (AFC) related to a new long-term carcinogenicity study on aspartame
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, by James and Phyllis Balch