Get comfy… this is a long but very important post! Please think twice before you reach for/order that diet pop!
Aspartame, 200 times sweeter than sugar, was accidently discovered in 1965 by a scientist testing anti-ulcer compounds. Aspartame is made of 40% aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine and 10% methanol (poison).
Because aspartic acid and phenylalanine are amino acids, building blocks of protein, the companies responsible for aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-measures) can promote aspartame as a healthy sugar alternative. This could not be farther from the truth!
Lets look at the constituents of aspartame:
Methanol, aka wood alcohol/poison, breaks down into formaldehyde in the body-a known deadly neurotoxin and carcinogen. Formaldehyde is responsible for destroying the myelin tissue, which protects your nerves and allows nerve signals to travel properly. Once destroyed, people can experience symptoms similar to those of MS: headaches/migraines, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, heart palpitations, vision problems, breathing difficulties, anxiety … No thank you! I think I’ll pass on the diet soda
But there’s more! It also has the ability to exacerbate chronic illnesses such as brain tumors, MS, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Because of the potential damage methanol can cause in the body the EPA has set a limit of 7.8 mg/day, well… a 1 liter aspartame sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol but, most people don’t consume just 1 beverage per day, ‘heavy users’ can consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 TIMES THE EPA LIMIT! (mercola.com).
Phenylalanine, an essential amino acid normally found in the brain, when consumed in excess can cause significant damage. It can decrease serotonin in the brain which leads to emotional disorders and can cause schizophrenia or make one more susceptible to seizures! That diet coke is looking less and less appealing!
And finally Aspartic acid, an amino acid, has the ability to destroys neural cells, the main issue with that is that most of the neural cells are destroyed before any symptoms are noticed! These symptoms can be MS, ALA, memory loss, hormonal issues, hearing loss, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hypoglycemia, dementia, brain lesions… AKA, not a good time!
Most ‘heavy users’ are dieters that assume by consuming products with zero calories from ‘sugar’ they will automatically lose weight, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you consume a diet pop you get all of the sweet taste but zero of the calories. Although this seems like an ideal situation for your waist, your body is searching for the calories to match the intense sweetness, obviously they aren’t there and this actually stimulates hunger because your body is searching for satiety. Instead of consuming minimal calories, most people end up consuming way more than they would to satisfy your body’s satiety needs!
How can the FDA consider aspartame safe you ask? Mostly because the FDA is ‘in bed’ with the aspartame industry either as stockowners, through funding or even offering post FDA employees jobs. Essentially the companies manipulate government agencies and flood the scientific community with flawed studies sponsored by the makers of aspartame (mercola.com)
So, now I ask, are the MS related symptoms, seizures, behavioral disturbances, birth defects, visual problems and potential death worth that diet coke? I don’t think so! The key is everything in moderation; why not just use a small amount of the real thing instead of over consuming highly processes dangerous chemicals? Try sweetening with fresh fruit, maple syrup, raw honey or even natural green leaf stevia, at least these sweeteners contain valuable vitamins and minerals that do the body good! Just remember, a little goes a long way. If you wean yourself off of a high sugar diet you will find just a small amount of sweet will actually satisfy your craving.
Aspartame is not just found in diet pop, it can be found in instant breakfasts, breath mints, cereals, sugar free gum, cocoa mixes, coffee drinks, frozen desserts, juice, laxatives, multi vitamins, shakes, instant drinks, wine coolers, yogurt and much much more! Please please check labels and just say NO to aspartame!
As a sweet treat the other day I made up a batch of apple cinnamon muffins, they hit the spot!
Apple cinnamon muffins (submitted to wellness weekend and slightly indulgent Tuesdays): 1 cup spaghetti squash (its what I had on hand, you could use apple sauce, pumpkin or any other squash), 2 tbsp ground flax seed, 6 tbsp water, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla, ¾ cup almond milk, 3 dates, 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup almond flour, ¼ cup coconut flakes, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, ¼ tsp fresh nutmeg, 1 apple chopped, ¼ cup walnuts. Blend wet together to breakdown dates, mix dry, stir wet into dry, gently fold apple and walnuts into batter, spoon into paper lines muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
What are some of your favorite ways to naturally sweeten your treats?