The risk of artificial sweeteners is still very real.
Aspartame is used as a substitute
sweetener in thousands of products. Most diet sodas, processed foods
and candies contain this ‘alternative’ to sugar. If you aren’t
careful, you’ll easily run into it somewhere in your food.
This is because aspartame itself has a
bad reputation as a
dangerous excitotoxin. An
excitotoxin is named for its ability to ‘excite’ the cells of the
body into overproducing a particular chemical, thus burning them out
prematurely. Aspartame in particular has been found to affect brain
cells, by mimicking the response to sweetness and producing an
artificial form of it.
These will continue to manifest until the user eliminates it from their diet completely.
However, if aspartame usage is continued, a physical addiction to the substance occurs. Most people know at least one person who can’t seem to kick their diet drinks, and when they try to, they end up with a number of these symptoms.
Aspartame is considered addictive, and a chemical dependency begins to form when aspartame is consumed regularly, and is hard to break.
Aspartame has been suggested as a
prominent cause for certain forms of brain cancer as well. It is
also interesting to note that aspartame is also created using
Monsanto’s genetically modified bacteria, raising further cause for
Similarly, children are more likely to
consume aspartame due to its prominent usage in all forms of candy,
snacks, and soft drinks. This would easily serve to compromise their
ability to achieve optimum health, as they are still in their
formative stages, and therefore aspartame can cause irrevocable
Rather than look for what seems to be a
shortcut or alternative, consider that simply consuming less sugar