Aspartame. If you eat processed foods, drink diet beverages, artificially flavored beverages, chew some types of gum, eat “low fat” or “sugar free” candy, or sweeten your coffe with "Equal" or "Sweet 'N Low" sweetener, you have encountered it and as a result, your body probably isn't your biggest fan.
New reports are showing that close to 75% of negative reactions to processed foods come from aspartame. There have been more than 90 reported symptoms of critical aspartame effects, some of which include: headache/migraine, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, depression, irritability, insomnia, hearing loss, visions problems, loss of taste and loss of memory. If you experience any of these symptoms, perhaps taking a look at some of the ingredients on your favorite foods and beverages and checking for aspartame would be a good start to helping you feel better.
Other, more serious health issues have been linked to consumption of aspartame, but are still being researched to prove the link. Diseases like: brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, lymphoma, birth defects, diabetes and fibromyalgia, all show evidence that aspartame could be a cause.
Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar and is made from a few chemicals - phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. Phenylalanine is an amino acid - excess of this in the body can cause emotional disorders including depression and/or anxiety. Aspartic acid is a chemical which excites the brain - and in very large quantities can destroy neurons in the brain. Excess of ths in the body has been linked to everything from headaches to brain tumors and Parkinson’s disease. Methanol is considered an extremely harmful substance - when ingested, this chemical breaks down into formaldehyde, which can cause dizziness, nausea, digestion issues, memory problems and more. The average “aspartame user” consumes more than 32 times the recommended limit of methanol each day and is at risk for a number of health problems as a result.
Avoid aspartame by staying away from commercially manufactured beverages like diet sodas, energy drinks, sweetened beverages like Crystal Light, and candy labeled “sugar free”. If you need a sweet drink or treat, read the label - all of the sodas available at Pomegranate Market are free of aspartame and are usually sweetened with cane sugar, Stevia or Xylitol - all natural sugars which aren't so hard on the body. Try carbonated water, unsweetened tea, or 100% juice beverages if you need a flavored drink and avoid the negative effects of consuming such a dangerous substance.