13 February 2010

Aspartame Name Change - Beware!

If '...a rose by another name smells just as sweet',
as the poem goes, then
'aspartame by another name tastes just as sweet and is just as deadly!'
We know that we live in a sugar dominated society where many people are addicted to the taste of sweetness, but at the same time are suffering from the bad health effects of sugar and are tempted to try anything that tastes sweet as a sugar substitute. Aspartame is the original sugar stand-in and is more deadly and dangerous that the white refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup it pretends to replace. We must learn to leave all of it alone and retrain our taste buds in the direction of whole natural foods that are not so sweet.

Remember that there is no substitute for anything. Everything is what it is and there can be no substitutes. Any substitute is a metabolic trick that does harm to the body. So we must say no to them all - even stevia and agave - because they all send false signals to the body, making the body prepare itself for the sugar that never comes. HIgh levels of insulin result that is a major underlying cause of many chronic degenerative diseases in he body.
Let us not double-cross our bodies
like the false-food manufacturers have double-crossed us.
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Beware - Aspartame Has Been Renamed 'AminoSweet

'And is now being marketed as a 'natural' sweetener!
By Ethan Huff
Citizen Journalist
In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.

G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the "habit of saying yes" and of encouraging a "subconscious spirit of participation" in getting the chemical approved.

G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own safety studies that many believed were inadequate and deceptive. Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974, igniting a blaze of controversy.

In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the "questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety". FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.

Despite the myriad of evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market with the exception of a few countries that have banned it. In fact, it continued to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.

The details of aspartame's history are lengthy, but the point remains that the carcinogen was illegitimately approved as a food additive through heavy-handed prodding by a powerful corporation with its own interests in mind. Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency's multi-million dollar approval process.

Changing aspartame's name to something that is "appealing and memorable", in Ajinomoto's own words, may hoodwink some but hopefully most will reject this clever marketing tactic as nothing more than a desperate attempt to preserve the company's multi-billion dollar cash cow. Do not be deceived.


Jeffrey B. Muhammad said...

Thank you for the information.

Girl of a thousand names, including Sister P said...

Wow! I just heard of Agave nectar and bought some for the first time. I'll go throw it away. What about "raw" sugar and honey? Should we stay away from those too?

Alim said...

The real problem for most people is the overwhelming amount of sugar in the diet. Up from just 4lbs a year in previous generations to more than 150lbs among young people today! There's not much difference between the different types of sugar. It's the amount that's the issue. We eat 30 times too much!

Ali said...

To Girl of a thousand names:

Agave nectar is not an artificial sweetner. It comes from a plant, not a scientist with chemicals. You can actually grow it if you want. I use it sometimes to bake with because it is more tolerant to high heats.

Some believe raw honey, if bought locally, can help a person fight seasonal allergies. However, there is controversy over this because bees get pollen from flowers and allergies usu come from weeds and trees around us. Raw honey does have some powerful enzymes that are believed to be very beneficial - just dont heat it or they will be damaged. I use raw honey because it is much sweeter and so u therefore use less, as Alim recommends. Plus, it certainly seems a safer source being that it comes from nature.

Raw sugar- besides reducing the pesticide rate, its just as damaging in large amounts as regular sugar.

Pooja said...

Aspartame is known to cause illness and toxic reactions in the body. It is very harmful. It is present in artificial sweeteners. You need to reduce the consumption of artificial sweeteners. Aspartame contains Phenylalanine which is one form of amino acids which is quite dangerous. It is better to drink water than these sweet beverages. People consuming aspartame might have the following disorders like multiple sclerosis, dizziness, headaches etc. For more details refer aspartame dangers

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Anonymous said...

My son drank one drink a day that was diet or zero free or some stuff for lunch at school, every day. And he'd keep headaches throughout the school year. I didnt allow a lot of sugar. It was the aspartame,not the sugar itself that gave him the headaches. Since my little experiment, he now knows what he can't drink at school &I so far hasn't missed any days, been to the nurses station, or left school early just because of headaches. All I have to do is remind him of the headaches when he starts complaining about me harping on him to watch mostly what he drinks, & some of what he eats.

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