What is Aspartame Poisoning?

While you might know this dangerous sweetener by the names Equal and NutraSweet, what you don’t know about aspartame can seriously hurt you. Aspartame accounts for over 75% of all the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.These reactions can be very serious, sometimes resulting in severe seizures and death. People are literally poisoning themselves each day, and many are not even aware the culprit is this white powder.

Aspartame is a technical name for those artificial sweeteners used in many beverages and foods you consume each day. Chemist James Schlatter first discovered this non-saccharine sweetener by accident back in 1965 while testing for anti-ulcer drugs. This artificial sweetener is actually 200 times sweeter than regular table sugar.

Why are Food Companies Using Aspartame if it is So Dangerous?

One of the reasons aspartame is so popular with many food companies is because the shelf life is hundreds of days. It is not used in baking products because at extreme temperatures the aspartame breaks down and will no longer retain that sweet flavor. Medicines and beverage companies are making use of aspartame because their products need to sit on store shelves for a very long time, allowing the product to retain that sweet flavor for very long periods of time.

Many of the products that you are buying today or already have in your home contain aspartame. These products range from cereals to diet soft drinks. Vitamin supplements, laxatives, sugar free gum, yogurt, tea, coffee, and your pharmaceutical drugs. All of these products have an extended shelf life thanks in part to the very dangerous sweet white powder.

What Causes Aspartame Poisoning?

Most people in this country have become addicted to aspartame because it is being consumed on a daily basis. Whether used as a sugar substitute or consumed in popular soft drinks, that daily intake of the aspartame is dangerous to your body and leads to a condition known as aspartame poisoning. Millions of people are suffering worldwide from aspartame poisoning.

Many of those with aspartame poisoning are simply unaware of the cause for a couple reasons. Either they are experiencing clinical symptoms from the breakdown of the aspartame products or they have no idea the condition is brought on by aspartame.

Aspartame is made up of 40% aspartic acid. The structural change of the acid can be toxic to the endocrine system and lead to visual impairment. The acid can also affect the central nervous system and can lead to hyperactivity. This is one of the reasons it is not recommended it be consumed if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have ADD or ADHD symptoms.

While some might consider this information to be enough to ban the substance, it actually gets worse. Aspartame is also made up of 50% phenylalanine, yet another dangerous compound being consumed by millions. Consuming too much phenylalanine excites neurons in the brain, resulting in cell death.

Aspartame also changes amino acid ratios, blocking neurotransmitters from being released in the brain. These include:

  • Adrenaline
  • Dopamine
  • Norepinephrine
  • Serotonin
  • Tyrosine

Many people are under the misconception that aspartame can help them lose weight because it has been marketed as a diet product. The facts show that it can actually cause weight gain. The bottom line is this product is poisonous, containing a toxic ingredient known as wood alcohol. When the temperature reaches over 85 degrees, the wood alcohol that is contained in the aspartame actually converts into formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is considered in the same class as cyanide, a well known deadly poison. The only difference here is the formaldehyde slowly deteriorates in the human body, unlike cyanide. Formaldehyde that is traveling through the body can cause damage to the nervous system, the immune system, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system and has long lasting and irreversible genetic damage.

The body digests the aspartame more readily than saccharin, making people more likely to develop poisoning as a result. The increase in the digestion of this chemical causes the aspartame to accumulate at dangerous levels, contributing to a large amount of serious illnesses. Some of the reasons many people are experiencing aspartame poisoning is because they consume aspartame too much as a sugar substitute or they are taking the product regularly as a diet supplement to lose weight.

The Signs and Symptoms of Aspartame Poisoning

The reason it can be such a challenge for consumers to even realize they are experiencing aspartame poisoning is because currently there are well over 90 different symptoms and signs associated with it. The reactions can be very gradual or they can be quite severe, depending on the rate of consumption and duration.

The range of signs and symptoms vary depending on your genetic individuality and your immune system. The reason why more people are becoming concerned with this problem is because the negative effects can cause different body organs to experience impaired functioning. The following list will break down in detail some of the aspartame signs and symptoms as it relates to different parts of the body.

The Eyes

Symptoms of aspartame poisoning can cause a reduction in vision at nighttime, increased blurriness in both eyes, and the gradual loss of vision to the point of central vision only, also known as tunnel vision. Throbbing in the eyes can increase which results in long term side effects like bulging eyes and blindness. Damage of the cornea can result from the reduction of tears and drying of the eyes.

The Ears

If you have been consuming too many products that contain aspartame your ears can show you signs too. Ringing of the ears, also known as tinnitus, begins like a slight buzzing sound that never goes away. Long term effects like noise intolerance and then hearing loss can occur.

The Nervous System

The aspartame can trigger serious diseases that could negatively affect brain function. The conditions range from epilepsy, severe sleepiness, intense migraines, restlessness of the legs, and numbing of the limbs. In many severe cases, patients have experienced tremors in the body, loss of memory, slurred speech, and confusion.

The Mental Health Conditions

Aspartame poisoning can affect mental health as well. Patients have experienced many psychiatric conditions ranging from depression, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability. More severe cases have resulted in patients having an increase in phobias, change in personality, and suicidal tendencies.

The Chest

Pain in the chest associated with the aspartame poisoning ranges from breathing problems, heart palpitations, elevated blood pressure, and either the increase or decrease of the heartbeat.

The Gastrointestinal System

Consuming too much aspartame can result in an aching stomach or bloody diarrhea. The chemicals in aspartame can lead to upset stomach, nausea, and even severe cramps in the stomach soon after consumption.

Skin Reactions

Many people who have experienced aspartame poisoning have experienced severe itching when no rash is evident, hives, swelling near the mouth or on the lips, and an increase in respiratory allergies similar to asthma.

Metabolic and Endocrine Symptoms

Hormones and metabolism create the energy the body needs and also monitors all the vital processes taking place with the human body. Many dysfunctions related to aspartame poisoning can cause hormone imbalances that can lead to water retention in the body, low blood sugar, severe weight loss, and even an increase in weight. Severe cases of poisoning have been shown to cause hair loss, hypoglycemia, and even diabetes.

The List Goes On and On

With the list of adverse reactions to aspartame continually growing, you’d think it would be enough to scare off users from consuming aspartame. Patients have reported suffering from many more symptoms like burning during urination, increases in infections, and edema (fluid retention). The most severe symptoms range from birth defects, hyperactivity in children, peptic ulcers, brain damage, and death.

How to Diagnose Aspartame Poisoning

There are significant risk factors that are associated with aspartame poisoning. This innocent looking sweetener has the potential to trigger Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Lupus, MS, and Lymphoma to name just a few. This is something that should not be taken lightly. Aspartame poisoning has the ability to trigger some of the most deadly diseases that the human body can experience.

Once proper diagnosis has been made, the illnesses need to be treated as quickly as possible. Many physicians have several different tests available for them to properly diagnose aspartame poisoning. Your physician could administer a hair or blood test to make the determination. If the illness is directly related to the consumption of the aspartame, your doctor will recommend you eliminate the use immediately.

Detox Relief for Aspartame Poisoning

In many cases, the aspartame poisoning can resolve itself only if the individual eliminates foods containing the sweetener from the diet. The problem for many people is that they are going to have to eliminate some of the foods they love like diet soda, powdered drink mixes, low calorie pudding, cereals, and gelatin mixes. Reading what is on those food labels and avoiding aspartame is key, however detoxifying the body many have longer lasting positive results.

There will be a period of at least 60 days after the elimination of aspartame before your health practitioner can start to see a change in the body. A hair mineral analysis will reveal the metal and chemical composition of the body so your health practitioner can suggest detox supplements and methods like infrared saunas until aspartame is no longer evident in the body.

How to Prevent Aspartame Poisoning

If you are not already on a detoxification program to rid the body of this dangerous toxin, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not experience any of those dangerous signs or symptoms associated with aspartame poisoning. The end result will be a healthier lifestyle that will allow the body to fight off deadly diseases like it should, and prevent you from experiencing any of the 90+ symptoms associated with consuming this artificial sweetener. Here are some steps you can take to prevent aspartame poisoning from occurring:

Step 1: Change your diet – eliminate foods that contain aspartame.

Step 2: Get proactive! Talk to schools and day care centers; make them aware of the problems associated with aspartame poisoning.

Step 3: Spread the word at work about all the foods and drinks that contain these deadly toxins.

Step 4: Start being an example of health for your loved ones.

Step 5: Filing complaints with the FDA, FAA and NutraSweet Company can really help.

Step 6: Return food products you purchased back to the grocer, making them more aware of the deadly aspartame poisoning.

The only way something is going to be done to reduce the cases of serious injury from aspartame poisoning is to make the public more aware. Right now this product is everywhere on your grocery store shelves, and thousands of unsuspecting shoppers are poisoning their families each day with the aspartame in these products.

Children are consuming an alarming amount of diet soft drinks each day, and they are already well on that path to serious medical complications that will be a result of aspartame poisoning. While you may only be one voice, technology today has made it possible for your voice to be heard on a global scale. Social media has transformed the way we communicate, and your voice can reach millions if you are passionate enough about putting an end to these companies polluting the human body with their deadly products.

This article should have informed you of the dozens of possible symptoms you could be experiencing each week that you had no idea were associated with aspartame poisoning. Now it is the time for you to pay close attention to what you and your family are consuming, and start informing those in your inner circle about the consequences we all face from consuming this deadly product. Your inner circle can reach many millions of other people, and that is when one voice can really make a significant change for the better.

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Michal is a dad of two, husband, medical student and musician from the Czech Republic blogging at Medlicker.com about health, fitness and weight loss related topics. He loves digging into the scientific basis of disease to provide accurate and reliable health related information.