As are the NutraSweet, Equal and Sugar Twin brands under which Aspartame is marketed.
NUTRITIONISTS ARE at war with sugar, and for good reason – sugar isn’t sugar any more.
For thousands of years, humans have ingested sugar without harm; after all, it was a luxury, rather than a component of nearly every food a person ate.
Times have changed with the advent of subsidized farming (for instance, the corn in high fructose corn syrup – more about that from Peter Jennings), processed foods with long shelf life, and complex chemistry.
Now, sugar – or it’s artificial approximation – is in everything. And one surprising thing that’s in the Aspartame-sugar-approximation is a chemical neurotoxin, albeit considerably diluted. (We hope.)
If you use Aspartame, or know someone who does, I hope I have your attention, because ingesting a neurotoxin can have some serious negative side effects. In his post on the subject, Dr. Joseph Mercola delves into the specifics and cites the research, as does this aspartame warning.
I’m not kidding. Most sweeteners that are used today are chemical approximations of real sugar, and the most dominant artificial sweetener is Aspartame. According to Forbes, 55% of the artificial sweeteners used 2003 is Aspartame, as the pie chart above indicates.
If you’re not into reading details, just do yourself a favor and substitute Aspartame with whole-leaf Stevia or Xylitol. Information about them can be read here: Are You Getting Fat and Sick from Sugar.
Published on August 28, 2010