Aspartame…Miracle Sweetener or Deathly Toxin?


Diet soda has been prescribed by professionals for years as a healthier alternative to non-diet soda products, specifically due to the lower sugar intake. In fact, diet soda is almost always void of any grams of sugar due to the magic of artificial sweeteners like ASPARTAME! This replacement is a miracle for some and a disaster for others.

Let’s start at the beginning. What is it? And why are we talking about it?

Aspartame is, according to the FDA, one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners since its inception in 1981. It is used in place of sugar in consumable products. The reason it is important is simple: it’s found in many different products that we consumers may or may not know about.

Here’s just a short (ha!) list of products that contain aspartame:

Breath Mints
 
Cereal
Chewing Gum
Flavored Coffee Syrups
Flavored Water Products
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Frozen Ice
Frozen Ice Cream Novelties
Fruit Spreads
Gelatin, Sugar Free
Hard Candies
Ice Cream Toppings
Ice Creams, No Sugar
or Sugar Free
Iced Tea, Powder
Iced Tea, Ready to Drink
Instant Cocoa Mix
Jams & Jellies
Juice Blends
Juice Drinks
Maple Syrups
Meal Replacements
Mousse
No Sugar Added Pies
Non-Carbonated Diet Soft drinks
Nutritional Bars
Powdered Soft Drinks
Protein Nutritional Drinks
Pudding
Soft Candy Chews
Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
Sugar Free Cookies
Sugar Free Ketchup
Table Top Sweeteners
Vegetable Drinks
Yogurt, Drinkable
Yogurt, Fat Free
Yogurt, Sugar Free

 

Did you make it through all that? Great! Let’s continue!

The FDA’s stand on aspartame is:

Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame’s safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food.

There is a pro-aspartame website that you can view and gather information on, but the basic claim it makes is:

The overwhelming body of scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that aspartame, even in amounts many times what people typically consume, is safe and not associated with adverse aspartame side effects.

Cancer.org also states that:

Complaints of various health issues have circulated since aspartame first appeared on the market in the 1980s. But for most people, no health problems have clearly been linked to aspartame use.

Andddddd! Now… LETS GET DANGEROUS!

For starters: Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma, Aspartame’s neurological side effects, other side effects of Aspartame, and Etc. One specific anti-aspartame rally crier is Mercola which states that:

Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as “excitotoxins.” They “excite” or stimulate the neural cells to death.

What’s more, the different parts to aspartame are:

Aspartic Acid: as discussed by Dr. Russell Blaylock, in excess can cause serious chronic neurological disorders.

Phenylalanine: again discussed by Dr. Blaylock, in excessive can cause schizophrenia or make one more susceptible to seizures.

Finally, Methanol, which…is just poison.

One side says Aspartame is linked to brain tumors, the other side says Aspartame is completely harmless. In the end, it is all up to choice. Are you a believer or are you abashed by all the aspartame hate?

 

Research:

Aspartame

FDA on Aspartame

Pro-Aspartame information center

Anti-Aspartame Mercola website

Dr. Russell Blaylock on Excitotoxins

Aspartic Acid

Phenylalanine

Methanol

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Fungi Fun: How to Harness the Power of Mushrooms

Here are two TED talks that discuss different ways we can incorporate the use of simple mushrooms into our lives, and eventual death, to improve the state of the world.

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Both videos are practical, highly entertaining, and mind blowingly interesting!

The second video, discussing how mushrooms can be used to decompose corpses, reminded me of something that has bothered me about humanity since I was very young.

There are so many of us, billions, and we all die.  We spend our entire lives consuming the Earth, growing and devouring species to the point of extinction.  And at the end of it all, we are so selfish that we do not give our dead, useless bodies packed full of nutrients back to the Earth.  We wrap ourselves in metal and even in death take up some space in the already crowded Earth.  And then, we carve a stone with our name on it and put it over the ground marking the spot where our rich nutrients are safely being stored and wasted away.

A poetic ending denoting our wastefulness in life that continues to the grave.

Why?

Guess what? Our species is growing!  There are more of us on this planet now then there has been in the entire history of the world! What will we do with all the space clear and fill with coffins?  North America will become one giant prison.  South America will be one giant cemetery.  And we can all just live in Europe/Africa/Asia right?

I have heard so many minds propose the idea of planting a tree instead of making a headstone.  Can you imagine endless forests supported by the nutrients of our dead?  Or orchards; every family can have their own fruit trees, so that visiting grandma and grandpa with the kids at the cemetery can be a joyous event filled with delicious fruit instead of boredom filled with solemn memories.

What better way to honor our dead than with life?

Note: The second video also comments on the various toxins in our body, a major argument for why a deceased body should not be placed directly into the ground.  The use of mushrooms filters the toxins into non harmful organic matter at a rapid rate.

Fungi Fun: Mushrooms and How to Harness Their Power

Here are three TED talks that discuss different ways we can incorporate the use of simple mushrooms into our lives, and eventual death, to improve the state of the world:

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

All three videos are practical, highly entertaining, and mind blowingly interesting!

The second video, discussing how mushrooms can be used to decompose corpses, reminded me of something that has bothered me about humanity since I was very young.

There are so many of us, billions, and we all die.  We spend our entire lives consuming the Earth, growing and devouring species to the point of extinction.  And at the end of it all, we are so selfish that we do not give our dead, useless bodies packed full of nutrients back to the Earth.  We wrap ourselves in metal and even in death take up some space in the already crowded Earth.  And then, we carve a stone with our name on it and put it over the ground marking the spot where our rich nutrients are safely being stored and wasted away.

A poetic ending denoting our wastefulness in life that continues to the grave.

Why?

Guess what? Our species is growing!  There are more of us on this planet now then there has been in the entire history of the world! What will we do with all the space clear and fill with coffins?  North America will become one giant prison.  South America will be one giant cemetery.  And we can all just live in Europe/Africa/Asia right?

I have heard so many minds propose the idea of planting a tree instead of making a headstone.  Can you imagine endless forests supported by the nutrients of our dead?  Or orchards; every family can have their own fruit trees, so that visiting grandma and grandpa with the kids at the cemetery can be a joyous event filled with delicious fruit instead of boredom filled with solemn memories.

What better way to honor our dead than with life?

Note: The second video also comments on the various toxins in our body, a major argument for why a deceased body should not be placed directly into the ground.  The use of mushrooms filters the toxins into non harmful organic matter at a rapid rate.

We also suggest that you check out our other article on a different kind of mushroom, a magical one.

 

Sources:

Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

A Product That Will Turn You Into a Tree After Death

Fridge Free Food: Kick Your Obsessive Storage Habit & Keep Food Fresher Too

The Ugly Face of Overpopulation

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