Monday, January 16, 2012

The Aspartame Trap: You May Be Unknowingly Ingesting this Toxic Sweetener

Andre Evans
Activist Post

The risk of artificial sweeteners is still very real. Aspartame is used as a substitute sweetener in thousands of products. Most diet sodas, processed foods and candies contain this ‘alternative’ to sugar.

If you aren’t careful, you’ll easily run into it somewhere in your food.

Aspartame is marketed not by its real name, but through products like Equal and NutraSweet. This is because aspartame itself has a bad reputation as a dangerous excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is named for its ability to ‘excite’ the cells of the body into overproducing a particular chemical, thus burning them out prematurely. Aspartame in particular has been found to affect brain cells, by mimicking the response to sweetness and producing an artificial form of it.

One study actually found that 67% of female rats exposed to aspartame developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger.

When you consume an aspartame-sweetened product, its effect can translate into a number of neurological symptoms like headaches, fatigue, vision problems, and anxiety. These will continue to manifest until the user eliminates it from their diet completely.

However, if aspartame usage is continued, a physical addiction to the substance occurs. Most people know at least one person who can’t seem to kick their diet drinks, and when they try to, they end up with a number of these symptoms. Aspartame is considered addictive, and a chemical dependency begins to form when aspartame is consumed regularly, and is hard to break.

Aspartame Linked to Cancer, Contains Genetically Modified Bacteria

Due to the neurological effect aspartame has, its continued use can be expected to lead to many forms of neurological diseases as well as cancer. Aspartame has been suggested as a prominent cause for certain forms of brain cancer as well. It is also interesting to note that aspartame is also created using Monsanto’s genetically modified bacteria, raising further cause for alarm.

But who is most at risk for unknowingly consuming aspartame?

Older people and diabetics are more likely to consume aspartame due to their desire to replace sugar with a ‘healthy’ alternative. Of course aspartame is far from a healthy alternative. Its effects can easily accelerate or compound health concerns that these individuals may already have. Similarly, children are more likely to consume aspartame due to its prominent usage in all forms of candy, snacks, and soft drinks. This would easily serve to compromise their ability to achieve optimum health, as they are still in their formative stages, and therefore aspartame can cause irrevocable damage.

Avoid this addictive drug-like substance at any cost, and replace it with a real healthy alternative like stevia. Furthermore, it will benefit you to reconsider your stance on sugar consumption in general.

Rather than look for what seems to be a shortcut or alternative, consider that simply consuming less sugar is healthier.

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jegarst said...

Pure Garbage. Here are the facts. Aspartame is perfectly safe used as directed. However, there appears to be a defined class of people for which labeling might be insufficient. And that class of people is those with an ongoing deficiency in the vitamin folic acid. Actually folate deficiency can explain all the "highly quoted, but incorrect 92 symptoms of aspartame toxicity". The dilemma here is that the people with that deficiency are often unaware of it, so they blame the acute consumption of aspartame. But really they are at risk of these problems for this other reason. Folate deficiency is directly connected to a large body of diseases, including breast and other types of cancers and still other issues. And folate deficiency is still a real world problem both alone and from a polymorphism-associated genetic predisposition that is associated with headache;

The connection between aspartame and folate deficiency is that aspartame contains a methyl ester; methanol is released upon hydrolysis. The purpose of the vitamin folate is to recycle methanol’s oxidation products formaldehyde and formate into methyl groups. Deficiency can lead to the same "symptoms" as methanol toxicity---but only in people that are otherwise deficient in this vitamin. Food consumption alone never leads to poisoning, but folate insufficiency can have the longer term consequences mentioned in the previous paragraph.

These facts explain everything about the whole "internet conspiracy" theory suggesting aspartame is unsafe. But you have to realize too that there is more methanol in juice drinks (pectin is a polymeric methyl ester) than in aspartame drinks. So again the problem is one of folate deficiency still being a human health problem, even after the US, Canada, and Chile required grain product fortification starting in 1998. That date is relevant also because all viable concern with aspartame were raised before that date, but the frank malformations and teratology in infants of deficient mothers is what led to action on the folate deficiency. Those issues have dropped dramatically amongst the population. They have not been eliminated because of various genetic issues (polymorphisms) that make some people require even more folic acid than others.

But the take-home message here is that all papers showing any issue with aspartame failed adequately to ensure folate sufficiency in either their animal work or use populations (including diabetics and others), most of whom have a documentable ongoing folate-deficiency in the first place. This whole folate insufficiency issue presenting an issue with methanol metabolism has been known for roughly four decades, although the genetic polymorphisms aspects are new.

John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)

Anonymous said...

Keep drinking the kool aid John. Oh and be sure it's got aspartame in it.

Anonymous said...

A pharmaceutical PHD took time to drop by ActivistPost and enlighten all of us.......right.

Can you smell the propaganda?

gmkuhn said...

Find dozens of references critical of aspartame,

Anonymous said...

Hundreds more at and

LastTruePatriot said...

Wow, this article is so true! I even knew that something was wrong with the(very artificial)sweetner back when I first tried it back in the 80's when it was introduced to the public as Equal. The very few times that I tried it then as a teenager, I got really bad headaches, and sometimes my teeth would hurt slightly from the oversweetness. I recall the company trying to say that it was as natural as eating a banana with milk or something to that effect. Really! I eat bananas with milk a lot, and I have never had them give me headaches or toothaches....ever.

Oh, by the way.....Thanks to the good Dr. John for being so concerned with our health and clearing up the misconception about aspartame. Us dumb simple folk don't know anything! I am not clear how all that science tech speak is supposed to make it seem safe to us to consume a product that has proven to produce cancer tumors in lab animals. I know that I got bad headaches only the times when I tried something with aspartame in the product! Please note that the link he provided is to a "dot gov", need I say any more?

Anonymous said...

For the gentleman up there, I will believe you sir if I would personally see you using it and feeding it to your family. Where have you been?

Anonymous said...

well well well, dr john is probably one of the diciples...hmmm

Anonymous said...

Pray tell, good Dr. John - if aspartame is perfectly safe, why does it break down into formaldehyde when subjected to high heat, as well as during the process of metabolism?

You were aware that during Gulf War I - many soldiers were severely sickened by drinking diet (aspartame sweetened) soda that was left out in the desert heat - correct?

But please, by all means - I urge you to consume all the aspartame you can. The gene pool could use some pruning.

jegarst said...


Breaking down to formaldehyde means nothing without a dose and the doses released from aspartame pose no issue. Everything in toxicology is about dose. And that includes formaldehyde too. It is low dose botulinum toxin that is used in cosmetic procedures, yet it is perhaps the most lethal substance known. And you ingest cyanide daily in your food too, but it is without effect, because it is low dose. Moreover, did you know that caffeine metabolism produces twice the formaldehyde per molecule than does aspartame?

What people don't seem to understand too is that formaldehyde and its oxidation product formate are substrates for the folate vitamin system. That is, they are required for folate function. Their carbon is recycled into methyl groups. Without them at the low dosages we encounter from food, you would be unable to make thymine (methyluracil) from uracil-one of the four DNA bases. And when uracil gets inserted into DNA instead of thymine, the DNA breaks. And you would have no methionine, (methylhomocysteine), an important amino acid, but without folate mediated methylation of homocysteine to make methionine, you would be loaded with really toxic homocysteine. Homocysteine may be the most potent excitotoxin encountered in pathology issues.

You all can say what you want and cite all the websites you want, but each point made at these misleading and frankly untruthful websites has been analyzed and shown faulty. And that is why I'm telling you why---aspartame is approved by all the relevant world's regulatory agencies, time and time again. Nothing we know will change that. Furthermore, whether you realize it or not there has never been any scientifically acceptable study showing any harm from aspartame at the doses encountered from it.

John E. Garst

Anonymous said...

Oh no. An angent has been sent here to protect aspertame reputation. Wonder how much he get paid?

Anonymous said...

Dr John definitely must be one of their stooges. He is probably being paid by his puppeteers to feed us this crap. He must be the only one consuming this B.S. and not suffering the same side effects of this crap that he so passionately and diligently endorsing. He is definitely an extended family member of Monsanto Food Corporate Crap Cartel. Let's see how his health is in 5, 10, or 15 years later after consistenly consuming this B.S.!!!!

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