Is my diet pop really that bad for me? Oakville Naturopath
Yes it is…Aspartame (aka NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful) is a chemical substance that has been manufactured to take the place of sugar. It is not a natural substance, but actually a poison. Aspartame was initially invented as a rat poison which kills by attacking and destroying the nervous system. Its strong sweetness is what attracts mice to consume it. Part of the structure of aspartame is made up of a component called methanol, wood alcohol. Methanol is a severe human poison. When aspartame is being digested the methanol component gets broken down partially into formaldehyde. Yes, this is the same formaldehyde that is used as an embalming fluid!
On top of producing a toxin when being digested, methanol itself is a dangerous neurotoxin, a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage in the eye, and interferes with genetic replication. Aspartic acid makes up 40% of the structure of aspartame and in excess this acid can cause many adverse reactions such as:
- abdominal pain,
- sleep disorders, and
- anxiety attacks to name a few.
The third worrisome component of aspartame is phenylalanine, which makes up 50% of aspartame. Phenylalanine is found naturally in many foods, but it is always combined with other amino acids, never in isolation like in aspartame. Phenylalanine on it own is toxic to the nervous system. It excites neurons (cells) in the brain to the point of cellular death. The components of aspartame can lead to a wide variety of ailments, some of which will occur gradually over time while others are immediate, acute reactions.
A few of the major disorders associated with aspartame include the following:
- Birth Defects
- Cancer (Brain Cancer)
- Emotional Disorders
It’s essential to always read labels of all foods you purchase – even your chewing gum!
Reducing the amount of processed food in your diet will reduce your exposure to Aspartame and other harmful chemicals.
When baking at home choose natural sweeteners to use in your recipes such as brown rice syrup, raw honey, maple syrup, or green stevia.
Written by Jennifer Kaster, Naturopath, Oakville