There are good reasons to avoid sugar in your daily diet. However, some sugar substitutes do not make it better: one of the most dangerous is aspartame. Here you can find out why it is so important to remove this ingredient from your daily diet. But beware, it is hidden in more products than it first appears.
What is aspartame?
Aspartame is a sugar substitute that has been approved since 1965. Aspartame is produced by a subsidiary of the much criticised Monsanto group. The sweetener is used in food, snacks, sweets and beverages to provide a pleasantly sweet taste instead of sugar. This dubious sweetener is very often added to so-called “light” and “zero” products in particular. Whenever treats such as lemonade or sweets are made without sugar, they may contain aspartame. Especially in commercial chewing gums, aspartame is almost always among the ingredients.
Other names under which aspartame can appear on the product packaging are such illustrious creations as Nutrasweet and Canderel or simply E 951.
Possible symptoms after aspartame use The sweetener puts the human organism to a real stress test. The consumption of food containing aspartame can trigger a variety of symptoms. These include psychological as well as physical ailments, some of which are serious. The following health problems can be associated with aspartame consumption:
– chronic fatigue
– Burning eyes
– Eye problems
– Asthmatic reactions
– Itching and other skin irritations
– Hair Loss
– Abdominal pain
– Menstrual cramps
– pain when urinating
– Circulatory disorders
– Weight gain
– Fluctuations of the blood sugar level
Reasons for the negative effects of aspartame When aspartame is absorbed by the body, the sweetener breaks down into its three building blocks. These are:
2. aspartic acid
The body has problems with all three of the above-mentioned substances if it has to process them in too high quantities (or even too regularly).
Phenylalanin If phenylalanine is taken in excess, it accumulates in the brain. There it can cause headaches, memory loss or mood swings. In the worst case, excessive intake of phenylalanine can even lead to depression or schizophrenia. As is often the case, the dose makes the poison. This is because the substance is basically a harmless endogenous amino acid, which in small quantities is quite important and correctly placed.
Aspartic acid Aspartic acid becomes questionable when it crosses the blood-brain barrier in the body. This is particularly easy to do in children, as the blood-brain barrier is not yet fully closed. The influence of the now omnipresent electromagnetic fields such as W-LAN or mobile telephony also increases the permeability. This is why the blood-brain barrier no longer functions properly in almost all people, as studies have shown. If aspartic acid reaches the brain in this way, it can destroy the nerve cells. In this way, the number of nerve cells is gradually reduced. It is important to know: every human being is born with only one set number of nerve cells. If we lose them, they are irretrievably gone. The only thing that can multiply during growth are the connections between the nerve cells, the so-called synapses. The loss of important nerve cells is accompanied by far-reaching consequences such as Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other serious nervous diseases.
Methanol The organism further breaks down methanol into formic acid and formaldehyde! Even small amounts of formaldehyde vapours are viewed extremely critically in the furniture industry and in the cosmetics sector. Due to their damaging effect, they must be kept as low as possible. However, the amount of formaldehyde from regular aspartame consumption is significantly higher than what the above-mentioned products could emit. Formaldehyde also acts in the brain. It can cause eye problems such as blurred vision or a narrowing of the visual field, as well as headaches and dizziness. What is particularly serious, however, is that formaldehyde in the body can destroy the retina and thus lead to blindness.
Important for diabetes and aspartame Especially for diabetics, formaldehyde splitting poses a major problem. After all, it is precisely these people who resort to the typical “light” products in order to avoid eating sugar. Moreover, the retina of diabetics is already at risk anyway. If the influence of aspartame is added to this, the risk of permanent damage increases significantly. Caution is absolutely necessary.
Correct handling: avoid aspartame specifically Of course, one or the other chewing gum or other occasional consumption of aspartame containing food will not cause immediate damage to you. The decisive factor is regular consumption and the intake of high amounts of the problematic sugar substitute. It is therefore extremely important to read the information on the ingredients on the packaging carefully. Basically, you should avoid anything whose label speaks of “Light” or “Zero” or even “Diet”, unless the list of ingredients gives the all-clear. Good substitutes for both harmful sugars and the dangerous aspartame are xylitol (birch sugar), stevia, date sweetener and erythritol. As you can see, there are numerous harmless alternatives so that sweet food does not have to become the bitter truth.