by Steve Jackson
17 December 1995
from Copi Website
Aspartame is the technical name for
Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, and
Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 by James Schlatter from
Searle, in the search for anti-ulcer drugs.
Documented side-effects include:
Aspartame can also trigger or worsen:
Each of the ingredients is potentially harmful.
Aspartic acid as aspartate when present in large quantities in the brain (aspartate readily crosses the blood-brain barrier) causes cell death (necrosis) by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells, causing excessive amounts of free-radicals which kill the cell. Aspartate is referred to as an "excitotoxin" as it "excites" or stimulated the neural cell to death.
Phenylalanine, an amino acid normally found in the brain, can be harmful in high quantities.
A disorder known as phenylketonuria present in those unable to metabolise Phenylalanine, is potentially lethal. Ingestion of Aspartame can lead to excess levels of Phenylalanine, even in those without phenylketonuria. This can cause levels of seratonin in the brain to decrease which can lead to depression.
Excessive Phenylalanine ingestion can also lead to memory loss and headaches, and over long periods can trigger schizophrenia.
Methanol, in humans, is excessively poisonous. Due to the lack of some key enzymes, humans are many time more susceptible to the toxic effects of methanol, thus animal tests of aspartane provide inaccurate results.
Methanol ingestion can cause,
Methanol is a cumulative
poison, due a slow rate of excretion once absorbed. The EPA
more than 7.8 mg/day, whilst an average soft drink containing Aspartame
contains around 56 mg of methanol.
It is not in their interest, or the interests of
their supplier, to make this information publicly available. Aspartame is
the most dangerous food additive on the market, and is responsible for over
75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Adminsitration (FDA).