Aspartame: A Hidden Neurotoxin

I’d like to introduce today’s guest blogger- Andrew works in the packaging department here at Perfect Supplements and is considered a valuable member of both the company and the real food community. With a passion for organic foods, 20 year old Andrew spends most of his spare time working on his family’s farm. Andrew also supplies the entire office with farm fresh free range chicken eggs- you have got to see the color of his yolks! Andrew strives to provide real food education to his friends, family, and co-workers. Today he will sharing his thoughts on the dangers of aspartame. Take it away, Andrew!


In 1965 an intermediate chemical was synthesized aspartyphenylalanine-methyl-ester (aspartame) while creating bioassay. After recentralizing aspartame from ethanol James Shlatter accidentally spilt some of this on his lab desk and some residue was on the tip of his finger, he later got curious and tasted it. He notices a strong sweet taste.

Aspartame – is made of three different substances Methanol, Aspartic Acid, and Phenylalanine.

Methanol – is colorless, poisonous, flammable liquid. It is also a key ingredient to make. Formaldehyde, acetic acid, methyl-butyl ether (an additive to gasoline) and carburetor cleaners. It is also a type of alcohol that causes blindness from ingesting it. In Aspartame Methanol induces devastating side effects. Even if taken in morsels Methanol is extremely damaging when introduces to free form amino acids, which are labeled *excitotoxins.  When methanol is ingested it is easily absorbed in the stomach and small intestine mucosa. It is then converted to formaldehyde a know carcinogen.

*Excitotoxin – Toxins that bind to certain receptors (certain glutamate receptors) and may cause neuronal cell death, excitotoxins may be involved in brain damage associated with strokes. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), aspartame, and L-cyesteine (found in hydrolyzed vegetable protein) Excitotoxins play key roles in degenerative nervous system diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

Phenylalanine – is an Amino acid. You might be wondering why its an ingredient in Aspartame. When you divide the individual amino acid from its protein chain and use it by itself  it becomes harmful is consumed. Too much Phenylalanine has been shown to trigger ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders.  Phenylalaline makes us 50% of Aspartame. With all the consumption of diet products people are reaching a dangerous levels of phenylalanine.

Aspartic AcidAn Amino Acid and the third ingredient in Aspartame which is also an *excitotoxin.  It is a deleterious substance that excites or over-stimulates nerve cells. Aspartic Acid being a free form amino acid makes it absorbed at an accelerated rate and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. The over-excitement of in nervous system causes cells to die.

Side Effects and Detrimental Health Issues Related to Aspartame

Aspartame creates brain dysfunction, nerve damage, and systemic organ complications. It is known that Aspartame will in fact complicate any borderline predisposing illness such as MS (Multiple Sclerosis) , Parkinson’s, diabetes, allergies, mentation disorders and the list goes on.

Monsanto – has used Aspartame since 1985, they manipulated the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to allow such a toxic substance to be put in our food supply. Later Searle’s lawyer Robert Shaprio named Aspartame NutraSweet, Monsanto then purchased Searle and made Shaprio President of Monsanto.

Searle – A drug company who began studies on Aspartame to comply with the law. In early tests it concluded that microscopic holes and tumors were produced in the brains of experimental mice, epileptic seizures in monkeys, it was converted by animals into dangerous substances like Formaldehyde.

Did you know? Aspartame was banned by the FDA twice. Piles of studies on Aspartame showed it caused more than 90 different health issues including cancer, fibromyalgia, weight gain, vision loss, epileptic seizures, leukemia, and brain damage just to list a few. This is a substance that is not easily avoidable and will affect your health if you came in contact with it.

diet cokeA List of Products that Currently Contain Aspartame

1. Diet Coca Cola
2. Coke Zero
3. 7up Free
4.  Pepsi Max
5.  Clear Splash
6. Flintstones Kids Vitamins
7. Weight Watchers Products
8.  Ben’s Sweet and Sour Cooking Sauce
9. Yoplait Light
10. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

This is just a few of the entire list of dangerous food products. Remember to read food labels before you purchase any product, and also check to see if that company is owned by Monsanto.


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