Avoid This FDA-Approved Poison Found in Many Foods
Most Americans assume that if the FDA approves a substance, it must be safe. Sounds reasonable, right? Wrong. As I’ll show you in today’s article, at least one FDA-approved chemical in foods may be deadly wrong.
That chemical is something called aspartame. It’s one of those artificial sweeteners that I have told you about previously. I’ve shared with you some of the dangers, but research keeps turning up even more.
There are over 6000 food products that contain aspartame, from breath mints to yogurt. So of course we assume it must be safe. But in reality there’s a lot of questionable history surrounding the FDA’s approval of aspartame, which I will discuss below. And there’s a mountain of evidence suggesting aspartame is a serious health threat. In fact, a whopping 85 percent of ALL complaints filed with the FDA involve bad reactions to aspartame.
The honest facts show you should avoid aspartame like the plague. Let’s talk about why the FDA approved aspartame, even though it is dangerous to your health – and how it can actually make you gain weight as well as lead to diabetes, cancer, and other deadly diseases.
If It’s FDA-Approved It’s Safe, Right? – Wrong!
Although the FDA has approved aspartame, as we’ll see, they only did so because they caved in to corporate pressure. The FDA knows, as to scientists, that aspartame can be deadly. In fact, the FDA rejected the approval of aspartame for years before finally approving it. It was rejected because the scientific facts demonstrated that it was an unsafe product so toxic it caused brain tumors in lab rats.
The FDA, in 1975, determined that aspartame should not go on the market. And they established a public board of inquiry consisting of outside experts to study the safety of aspartame. In 1980 that board unanimously rejected aspartame’s application for approval. Again in 1980, an internal FDA study also rejected approval of aspartame.
In 1977 the FDA looked at the aspartame studies conducted by G. D. Searle Co., the maker of aspartame. They found so many deceptions and cover-ups that they shared their findings with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
Unfortunately, there followed a long and well-documented program of pressure and manipulation of the FDA by politically connected Searle management. The end result was that the FDA, with new, Searle-friendly top management, finally approved aspartame, by one vote, in 1981. The same FDA group approved it for carbonated beverages in 1983.
The Dark Side of Aspartame
Aspartame has many well-documented studies showing it contains toxic ingredients. Plus, it has a questionable, tainted approval history. These facts have cast a lot of doubt on its safety. Additionally, aspartame actually boosts appetite, so regular users end up gaining weight.
Once aspartame went on the market its manufacturer made billions from the product. This became a great source of funds to buy influence from people who are supposed to be regulating and overseeing food safety.
As mentioned above, the vast majority of all complaints reported to the FDA involve aspartame. People have all kinds of negative reactions to this product, including seizures and death. Here are just a few of the more than 90 different symptoms suffered by people using aspartame:
- Headaches and migraines
- Weight gain
- Heart palpitations
Besides the above symptoms, researchers report that aspartame mimics these other illnesses:
- Brain tumors
- Birth defects
- Parkinson’s disease
The bottom line is that aspartame is a public health threat. Many studies have shown that it can lead to a host of ailments. Some of them happen slowly while others are immediate and acute. Some of the many aspartame-associated disorders include:
Brain cancer – In 1981 an FDA scientist said that aspartame’s brain tumor data was so troubling that he couldn’t recommend it for approval. A 2-year study conducted by Searle, the maker of aspartame, found that 5 percent of rats fed a diet plus aspartame developed brain tumors, compared to none of the control rats. Of all tumors, half occurred in rats given a low aspartame dose, meaning even small amounts are unsafe.
Diabetes – According to studies on the relationship between aspartame and diabetes:
- Aspartame leads to the development of diabetes.
- It causes poor control of diabetes among patients on insulin or oral drugs.
- It aggravates diabetic complications like cataracts and retinopathy.
- Aspartame initiates convulsions.
- Excitotoxins found in aspartame can hasten the onset of diabetes among genetically predisposed people.
Epilepsy and seizures – MIT studied 80 people who had seizures after taking aspartame. They concluded that the 80 cases met the FDA definition of a serious hazard to public health. This finding should trigger the FDA to ban the product from the marketplace, but that never happened.
Navy and Air Force aspartame studies have warned about its many dangers, including a greater incidence of birth defects. They also found that aspartame can cause pilots to be more vulnerable to vertigo and seizures.
Aspartame Causes You to Gain Weight
Many people assume aspartame is an effective tool to help with weight management. In truth, aspartame can make you gain weight. Recent studies have shown that aspartame can:
- Stimulate your appetite
- Increase carb cravings
- Promote fat storage
When you substitute aspartame for sugar you are creating several problems for yourself. Sugar lets your body determine how many calories it has received. This triggers feelings of having taken in enough food, causing you to stop eating. But aspartame’s sweet taste activates your appetite without the calories, which causes you to crave more food.
Here are more studies that tell the truth about aspartame and weight gain:
- A study by Preventive Medicine showed that those who use aspartame were more likely to gain weight than non-users.
- The San Antonio Heart Study found that adults who drink beverages containing artificial sweeteners are fatter.
- A Brazilian study shows a greater weight gain in rats that consumed aspartame than those that consumed regular sugar.
- Studies have shown that aspartame stimulates the release of hormones that trigger fat storage.
There are millions of people taking aspartame products hoping for help overcoming weight problems. In reality, they are making the problem worse.
When your body metabolizes aspartame, it forms wood alcohol, which is a poison, and formaldehyde, which is used to embalm dead people. Do you really want these chemicals floating around in your body?
The truth is you’re far better off avoiding this and other artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is dangerous to your health and should be avoided like the plague.
How To Stay Safe
Humans survived and thrived without aspartame for a long time. The simple truth is you don’t need it. And naturally sweet foods are perfectly healthy. The best way to protect your health is to choose natural foods. Ditch the artificial sweeteners as well as unnatural high fructose corn syrup. Instead, enjoy naturally sweet fruits, root, and concentrated sweets like honey. When you eat these natural foods as part of a healthy diet, you’ll be taking important steps to give yourself a long and healthy life.