Is aspartame – the substance that’s been widely used as a sweetener in food and beverages – toxic and perhaps responsible for a wide range of illnesses and even deaths? Are conspiracy theorists and their believers right?
Here, we’re going to show what aspartame really is and does it, in fact, influence human body in some kind of negative way.
What is ASPARTAME?
It is an artificial sweetener, 200 times sweeter than sucrose. That fact alone makes it highly popular in food & beverage industry. Add low-calorie content and you can see why it’s the sweetener of choice for the most of the producers.
Aspartame came into practical application as a sugar substitute by pure chance. The scientist, who’s been working with the aspartame, powder, had accidentally spilled some of the content on his hand. When he licked the powder, he realized the potential for food industry.
The composition reveals the likely benign nature of aspartame
Aspartame is a methyl ester made of two amino acids: aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Both amino acids are found in humans (and we cannot live without them):
- Aspartic acid is non-essential since the body is able to synthesize it,
- Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid meaning that it has to be introduced through the diet
However, ever since aspartame was first introduced as a food additive, the substance found itself in a center of controversy. For the reasons unknown, the entire campaigns were launched in an effort to force the ban of the aspartame.
Some countries succumbed to the public pressure and banned it.
Are there any truth in those claims? Is aspartame really that dangerous?
Literally hundreds of different studies (mostly done on rodents by the way) failed to find a single viable piece of evidence about any kind of negative influence of aspartame on human health – no matter how hard were they trying to establish the connection between this artificial sweetener and health issues.
Not one source of accusations has offered any kind of hard evidences that would somehow indicate the health hazard of aspartame usage. In almost 100% of the cases, accusations are based on pure speculations.
And those who are citing certain studies are simply taking the parts out of context.
Once you properly analyze the cited study, it becomes clear that there are no conclusive or any kind of evidences that would point out on some potential risk of aspartame usage in processed food and/or beverages.
Still, is there a fire somewhere inside that smoke?
Take it from someone who ghostwrote about two dozens of academic-type books around the subject of sugars, artificial sweeteners and their effects on human body – that’s all just load of bullshit and a series of desperate attempts to appear in a center of attention, for at least 5 minutes.
When shit hits the fan, nobody is even bothering to point the finger into one’s self. Our brains are immediately looking for the culprit.
In case of cancer, diabetes and even obesity (which is the most ridiculous “side effect” of the aspartame that I ran into), one group of people has decided to put the blame on something they don’t quite understand – artificial sweeteners and aspartame in particular.
They placed the most of their focus on aspartame perhaps because the patent owner is notorious Monsanto.
The whole frenzy came to life after someone once read the label on a beverage and saw the term he or she didn’t recognize.
You know how it goes from there. What we don’t know, scares us, or at least makes us anxious and wary. It’s that primordial fear of the unknown.
So, if I’m dying from cancer, it has to be that aspartame thing they are using in drinks and food.
Who knows what are the side effects of that shit? Maybe they are using it for mind control? Or perhaps, aspartame is used in population control? God only knows what those damn corporations are doing to us… and they have a blessing from those corrupted pricks in governments… they say there are already too many humans on this planet… could this be how they are planning to reduce the number and make money on drugs in the same time? Is that the reason why I’m plugged to chemo?
Then the reader goes out to spread the word to his friends. He wants to “warn” them about his ominous discovery. From a dozen of them, one will hook and spread the crap further.
In a matter of year, you have the revolution.
All based on an entirely wrong premise emerged from complete ignorance and total absence of any will to make a proper research. Just like that case from the 80s where the mother of a child falsely accused the kindergarten personnel of child abuse – just to be in a center of attention. Poor people almost ended lynched. Even after that woman admitted what she has done and why did she do it, people still didn’t believe them. That’s the power of a well-timed rumor.
Remember: aspartame is made of two amino acids that you already have in your body and without which you can’t survive.
Even if they (conspiracy believers) don’t believe that, the question remains about why they are refusing to take the logical step?
Because, if they are so freakin’ concerned about the artificial stuff manufacturers are using in food and beverage industry, why are they still using the products?
Why not simply grow and breeding own organic food?
Making their own juices and wine from the fruits they grow?
Why continuous consummation of tasty cheeseburgers and deep-fried, over-salted potato?
Just fucking stop drinking Coke and drink fresh spring water instead, and you are safe.
That’s not the issue here. Everybody can grow a carrot or drink spring water.
But then, whom would we blame for all the crap that’s been happening to us?
If there’s no aspartame and sugary-sweetened beverages, who will be guilty for the dramatic increase in child obesity?
Parents, who just don’t give a fuck? A child, who’s just listening to its primordial instincts, without any supervision, whatsofuckingever?
Nooo. We can’t allow that. It just has to be a greedy corporation that makes our child fat – Not our own responsibility.