Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. According to Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic physician and leading health advocate, Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.
Health Freedom Alliance reports the company that makes Aspartame has changed the name to AminoSweet.
“Aspartame is a dangerous toxin, and continues 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.”
One common complaint of persons suffering from the effect of aspartame is memory loss, and ironically, in 1987, G.D. Searle, the manufacturer of aspartame, undertook a search for a drug to combat memory loss caused by excitatory amino acid damage.
Aspartame Is a Drug
Aspartame was originally invented as a drug, but in 1965, James Schlatter, a chemist who was in the process of creating an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company, found that after mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, the new compound had a sweet taste.
So the company subsequently changed its FDA approval application for aspartame from a drug to a food.
Health Freedom Alliance notes G.D. Searle & Company presented its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own inadequate and deceptive safety studies.
“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, the FDA Commissioner at the time wrote a letter to Senator Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety.”
The FDA approved aspartame as a food additive because of intense lobbying by a powerful corporation. As Health Freedom Alliance points out, practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA, not because science shows they are safe, but because companies lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs.
Dr. Mercola points out that Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of “chemical poison” and Dr. Mercola insists that is exactly what aspartame is.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Aspartame can be found in thousands of products such as:
sugar-free chewing gum
pharmaceuticals and supplements
instant teas and coffees