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Environment > Poisons > Aspartame

Aspartame's history - Aspartame in Children's Medicines - Aspartame in NZ

Do some products seem to make you or your family ill?

Aspartame or NutraSweet as it is more commonly known is a commonly used food additive and artificial sweetener found in approximately 5000 food products, including medicines, diet drinks and chewing gum.

Aspartame is a white, odourless powder, approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar, used in a number of foodstuffs throughout the world. It is marketed under several brand names, including Canderel® and NutraSweet®, and is labelled E951 in Europe. Aspartame is stable when dry or frozen but it breaks down and loses its sweetness over time when stored in liquids at temperatures above 30°C

It is primarily thought to cause to and behavioural disorders in children and contribute to the increased suffering of susceptible people.

Press Release for The NZ Green Party

The New Zealand Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently review current regulations governing the use of aspartame, following the release of a new three year study linking regular use of the sweetener with increased incidence of leukaemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in animals.

Considering how widely aspartame is used and consumed by young children as well as adults, an urgent review is essential,” says Green Party Safe Food Spokesperson Sue Kedgley.

In the meantime, it’s imperative that consumers are made aware of these findings, and of the significant number of adverse side effects that can be caused by aspartame in warning labels on food and drink products that contain the additive.

The new study, published this month (August-September 2007) in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, also reported that when exposure to the sweetener starts during fetal life, the potential carcinogenic effects are increased. The US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority are planning to review this new evidence, and New Zealand must follow this lead,” Ms Kedgley says.

This is the second comprehensive study by the Ramazzini Foundation showing links between carcinogenic illness and relatively low levels of aspartame, levels approaching the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for humans.

European Food Safety Authority Directive 96/21/EC [Official Journal L 88 of 05.04.1996].
Council Directive of 29 March 1996 amending Commission Directive 94/54/EC concerning the compulsory indication on the labelling of certain foodstuffs of particulars other than those provided for in Council Directive 79/112/EEC.  This Directive requires food labels to include relevant information on the sweeteners contained in foodstuffs. It also stipulates that warnings should appear on the labels of foodstuffs containing aspartame or polyols.

Aspartame is one of the most common - and controversial - food additives in our food supply and it’s potential adverse effects were highlighted recently by the case of Wellington woman Abby Cormack who thought she was dying after experiencing a range of severe side effects after consuming high amounts of chewing gum containing aspartame.

Instead of just putting their head in the sand over this issue, it’s time our regulators put the health of consumers ahead of the profits of the food industry,” Ms Kedgley says..

Another concerning finding of the study is that when exposure to aspartame begins during foetal life where its carcinogenic effects are increased.

This increases the need for warning labels to consumers as in the EU, and in particular pregnant women and the fact that thousands of children are consuming these products shows the need for urgent action," Ms Kedgley says.

Aspartame a Deadly Menace
From a summary of our reading on aspartame, we understand that aspartame has directly caused a great many serious health problems and deaths in the population. Furthermore that it was approved by the FDA in the US on the evidence of scientists employed or remunerated by the companies developing the product as a sugar substitute.

As we understand the manufacturers case to the FDA, they would have emphasised the benefits of improved health for the population, by providing a low calorie alternative to sugar and the health problems it causes, like weight gain, hypoglycaemia and diabetes.

As the corporations responsible developing aspartame are working in their own self interest and have a reputation for valuing profits above human life and unethical practice, we do not know how honest this process of product development and registration was. There is also widespread suspicion in the community that there may have been dishonesty in this process, either by creating experiments to confirm the desired results, or misrepresentation of the product.

In the sites linked, there is some scientific data and lots of information and conjecture. We feel that there is sufficient evidence to withdraw aspartame from public consumption and until then, a public warning is required on all products containing aspartame as on cigarettes.

The Chemistry of The chameleon drug Aspartame!
After consumption, methanol, from aspartame, is released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin (Stegink 1984, page 143). Free methanol begins to form in liquid aspartame- containing products at temperatures above 86 degrees F.. also within the human body.

The methanol is then converted to formaldehyde. The formaldehyde converts to formic acid, ant sting poison. Toxic formic acid is used as an activator to strip epoxy and urethane coatings. Imagine what it does to your tissues!

Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, 90% of aspartame, are amino acids normally used in synthesis of protoplasm when supplied by the foods we eat.  But when unaccompanied by other amino acids we use [there are 20], they are neurotoxic.

That is why a warning for Phenylketonurics is found on EQUAL and other aspartame products.  Phenylketenurics are 2% of the population with extreme sensitivity to this chemical unless it's present in food. It gets you too, causing brain disorders and birth defects!  Finally, the phenyalanine breaks down into DKP, a brain tumor agent.

In other words: Aspartame converts to dangerous byproducts that have no natural countermeasures. A dieter's empty stomach accelerates these conversions and amplifies the damage.  Components of aspartame go straight to the brain, damage that causes headaches, mental confusion, seizures and faulty balance.  Lab rats and other test animals died of brain tumours.

Further Reading
Aspartame's history
The hidden epidemic
Aspartame in NZ
Aspartame and blindness
Aspartame & Brain Cancer
Aspartame in Children's Medicines



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