Thursday, October 21, 2010
Aspartame - scarier than a haunted house
Aspartame is a sugar substitute found in many foods.
Why is it scary? It's linked to the following:
Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:(2) Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
(I copied the above info from HERE).
Don't just take my word for it, or the word of those I copied and pasted above, please do a search online. You'll find a lot of stuff that says it's safe, you'll find a lot of stuff that says it's bad. You be the judge on if you feel it's safe.
I didn't realize aspartame is found in gum. I read about that on a recent post about aspartame over at Tomus Arcanum. I read gum and went "What? Gum? I had no idea!" So I picked up the pack of gum on my desk and looked and sure enough it was in there. So I looked at a different pack that I had in my desk drawer, sure enough, it's in there. I would say "oh, it's just one piece of gum, what could it hurt?" Then I realized that it's not uncommon for me to chew on 4-5 pieces in a day at work (that whole...sitting at the desk bored and feel like eating but not hungry issue). That's scary. The two gums are brands that I chew all the time too, because I like them and there are usually deals on them so I can get the gum at a decent price. From now on, I'll be looking at ingredient lists before selecting what gum I buy.