Would you let your child drink this??? If the answer is NO, then read on, because if you have children, its likely they are drinking and eating poison everyday in the form of healthy products labelled: No Added Sugar, No Artificial Colours (but it does contain artificial sweeteners), Low Sugar, Light, Diet etc. It is really difficult to find a drink that contains only sugar and no aspartame. (It is also found in cakes, yoghurts, sweets etc)
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Before you read on, some quick facts about aspartame (found in 98% of squashes, fruit shoots, fizzy drinks etc)
Unwittingly your children (and you) may be ingesting poison every single day and causing serious harm to their brains and nervous systems. It's not your fault, the government are allowing these toxins in our foods & drinks and proclaim that they are safe. They can KILL in worst case scenarios or make you feel quite ill in the meantime!
Additives and artificial sweeteners in food are proving to cause many symptoms including attention deficit disorders, autism (on the increase, I wonder why?), MS, Gulf War Syndrome, Parkinsons. One of the worst culprits appears to be aspartame - watch out for its successor which is going to be even more toxic "neotame"...... If you really care about yourself and your children READ THE LABELS on everything* and avoid aspartame like the plague. Aspartame is also known as E951, phenylalanine, aspartic acid, Candrel, Nutrasweet. *Even some water has been known to contain aspartame!Aspartame...The chameleon drug!
Aspartame is a molecule composed of three components: aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. Once ingested, the methanol (wood alcohol that has killed or blinded thousands of skid row drunks) converts to formaldehyde, then formic acid [ant sting poison]. Formaldehyde is deadly embalming fluid, a Class A Carcinogen. Phenylanine and aspartic acid are toxic when unaccompanied by the other amino acids in proteins. Aspartic acid caused brain lesions in experimental animals.
How it happens: Methanol, from aspartame, is released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin (Stegink 1984, page 143). Free methanol begins to form in liquid aspartame-containing products at temperatures above 86 degrees F.. also within the human body. A recent diet coke test proved that this breakdown happens at refrigerator temperatures.
The methanol is then converted to formaldehyde. The formaldehyde converts to formic acid (same as ant sting poison). Methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid (the last two are known carcinogens) are all poisons. Formic acid is an ingredient in paint stripper... so one needs to wonder what it does to the organs.
Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, 90% of aspartame, are amino acids normally used in synthesis of protoplasm when supplied by the foods we eat. But when unaccompanied by other amino acids we use [there are 20], they are neurotoxic.
That is why a warning for Phenylketonurics is found on products containing aspartame. Aspartame damage affects ALL users... see the FDA list on the right panel. Finally, the phenyalanine breaks down into DKP, a brain tumour agent.
In other words: Aspartame converts to dangerous by-products against which the body has no natural countermeasures. A dieter's empty stomach accelerates these conversions and amplifies the damage. Components of aspartame go straight to the brain, creating damage that causes headaches, mental confusion, seizures and faulty balance. Twelve of 320 test rats got brain tumours. A control group had no tumours. Well, animals are different to humans right? Yes but could you imagine say, honey doing that damage to them?
Monsanto says "Aspartame is the most tested product in history". Perhaps. One of their fifteen "pivotal" (key) studies proved that six of seven monkeys developed seizures while on aspartame... that ceased with NO aspartame. How does this prove safety?
On 12/29/96 60 MINUTES reported on 164 studies. ALL studies paid for by Searle were said to show aspartame was safe.. 83 of the 90 independent studies found problems. Isn't that interesting? FDA commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes approved aspartame over the protests of his own Board of Inquiry. He ignored 16 years of FDA efforts to keep aspartame off the market. Finally, he ignored the Delaney amendment that forbids using a cancer-causing substance as a food additive.
COKE and PEPSI KNEW IT WAS POISON
The Congressional Record of May 7, 1985 has 6 pages of objections prepared by the National Soft Drink Association: "Aspartame is uniquely unstable ... as the temperature increases the ratio of degradation becomes more pronounced ... at 104 degrees for 20 weeks less than 10% of the original aspartame remained ... soft drinks displayed at a service station may reach 120 degrees." The "shelf life" of aspartame "in solution" is said to be about 270 days, IF properly stored. Think methanol, that converts to formaldehyde, and phenylalanine that converts to DKP (a tumour agent) and MORE!
It Mimics Diseases: (Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or makes Worse the Following Diseases) Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease, Lupus, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Diabetes and Diabetic Complications, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, Birth Defects, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Panic Disorder, Depression and other Psychological Disorders.
Symptoms: Abdominal Pain, Anxiety attacks, Arthritis-like pain, Asthmatic Reactions, Bloating, Blood Sugar, Control Problems, Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals), Breathing difficulties, burning eyes or throat, Burning Urination, Chest Pains, chronic cough, Chronic Fatigue, Confusion, Death, Depression, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Excessive Thirst or Hunger, fatigue, feel unreal, flushing of face, Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair, Headaches/Migraines, Hearing Loss, Heart palpitations, Hives (Urticaria), Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Impotency and Sexual Problems, inability to concentrate, Infection Susceptibility, Insomnia, Irritability, Itching, Joint Pains, laryngitis, Marked Personality Changes, Memory loss, Menstrual Problems or Changes, Muscle spasms, Nausea or Vomiting, Numbness or Tingling of Extremities, Other Allergic-Like Reactions, Panic Attacks, Phobias, poor memory, Rapid Heart Beat, Rashes, Seizures and Convulsions, Slurring of Speech, Swallowing Pain, Tachycardia, Tremors, Tinnitus, Vertigo, Vision Loss, and Weight gain.
I invite you to google aspartame toxicity or aspartame brain damage and spend even just ten minutes reviewing the pages and make up your own mind. If you exclude it from your diets and your children's for just 2 months you will notice a difference. (My friend's son behaviour & concentration improved dramatically within 10 days of avoiding aspartame). Personally, I do not believe the government funded propaganda on the safety of aspartame - does it sound right to ingest wood alcohol which at over a certain temperature changes to formaldehyde or would a teaspoon of honey sound more appetising (and safer!). It is so unstable it cannot be used in products that require heating or cooking.
This is not scaremongering, there is lots of research (see references), conclusive clinical studies and real life stories available on the net. In 1971 neuroscientist John Olney (whose research on MSG caused it to be removed from baby foods) proved that aspartame causes holes in the brains of infant mice. I personally know people who have suffered aspartame poisoning and recognised it (after MRI scans, black outs and much searching for a diagnosis). There are millions out there who don't know why they are suffering from neurological problems, behavioural problems, suicidal tendencies, joint pain, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart problems, and more. MS, Motor Neurone & Parkinson's are being diagnosed as these diseases but aspartame poisoning can mimic the symptoms of them. Shaky hands? It could be your "health drink". I am not saying that everyone with these diseases has aspartame poisoning but read the articles and the facts and decide if you want to keep ingesting it. What you eat has huge implications on your physical wellness.
By the way, these sweeteners are also FATTENING, the pancreas releases insulin in response to a sweet taste, the insulin tries to find the sugar to take it from the blood - because there is no sugar there and it is an artificial sweetener, the excess insulin gets laid down in the body as fat. This also obviously over-stimulates the pancreas which can lead to diabetes. What's on the increase in western society? Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer (aspartame is carcinogenic due to methanol & formaldehyde) and autism. Zero calories does not always equate to zero fat being produced in the body.
There are many more nasties in our food chain such as anything HYDROGENATED and MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG) which is a flavour enhancer that is known by many other names and often found in crisps, gravy, chinese food and many other foods other names are:- E621, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, soy protein isolates, carrageenan, plant protein extracts.
I believe just giving up ASPARTAME & MSG can save lives and the misery caused by the symptoms of aspartame poisoning. These two additives are excitotoxins, they literally excite the neurons to death. Supermarkets are now reducing the amounts of hydrogenated oils in their branded products. They will respond to public outcry and it's easy to contact them now by email, just look for their websites. You can make a difference!
What to drink instead? Pure fruit juice (again read the label) if you want fizz add Soda Water or Carbonated Water, Water, Traditional Lemonade. I even had what looked like traditional lemonade and it proudly boasted "Made with Real Lemons", there was a host of other ingredients in there including aspartame. If you really cannot give up the pop, real coke and seven up is better than all these other so-called healthy drinks. Yoghurts may also contain sweeteners and other desserts so please READ THE LABEL on everything. Try to eat whole and home made foods - check the labels on anything processed, even many so called healthy supplements for children and adults contain aspartame!. Organic products do not contain artificial sweeteners.
If you don't believe that government officials would allow such a thing, remember BSE, we were told initially the meat was safe. Also there is flouride added to our water and dentists can happily put mercury in our teeth as fillings (but have to take strict measures to dispense of the waste as it is so toxic). There is plenty of information on the net as to how this sweetener was approved - ex FDA personnel are testifying to this and top neurologists are outraged that it was approved. The FDA get more complaints about aspartame than any other ingredient. 92 documented symptoms (including death!) If it was a herb and manufactured by a small company it would have been banned years ago! The people that fund the clinical trials are those with a vested interest in proving efficacy and safety.
Aspartame, MSG and Hydrogenated products are not the only cause of disease of course but the evidence is mounting that they are harming many people. If you want to detox to help your body fight ailments they will not help, just excluding these can make a difference to your well-being without having to spend a fortune on detox products and supplements.
Aspartame is NOT a "food additive". It IS a dangerous neurotoxin that MUST be removed from our food chain.
* Diet Drinks containing aspartame may make you fatter! and could cause disease-like symptoms. If you are not convinced, go to Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Info Centre or these articles linked below . Do your own research and make up your own mind. Even some yoghurts contain aspartame - read the labels!
Aspartame: FDA approval does not mean it's safe..... Sweet Poison Potentially Fatal? by Dr. Janet Hull
It should be noted that the study by Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards was originally
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