As health conscious individuals, we are all constantly looking for the best food substitutions to keep calorie counts down and maintain a healthy diet. Out of that desire, a great conundrum has arisen around the use of sweetener substitutes, in particular aspartame. Created as a “safe” alternative to regular sugar, continued research has shown that aspartame is actually more harmful than helpful.
Scientifically speaking, aspartame is the name given to the artificial, non-saccharide sweetener, aspartylphenylalanine-1-methyl ester. As such, it is a methyl ester of the dipeptide of the two amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid. With the fairly recent upturn in health concern, aspartame has been and continues to be used in a number of products including many trademark brands: Tropicana Slim, NutraSweet, Equal, diet sodas, condiments, and even some vitamin supplements.
Side Effects of Aspartame Toxicity
Being that aspartame is a sugar alternative designed to be safe and present in so many products, it may seem that little problem exists with the product. However, recent research has uncovered a number of harmful side effects associated with continued aspartame consumption. According to a recent FDA report, aspartame can cause any number of the following:
– decreased vision
– pain in or behind the eyes
– impaired hearing
– confusion and memory loss
– paresthesia of the limbs
– shortness of breath and heart palpitations
– abdominal pain
– skin allergies and reactions
Detoxing From Aspartame
Whether experiencing those types of effects or not, you should consider detoxing your body from aspartame to prevent further influence of the harmful chemical. A number of natural methods for aspartame detox exist. One effective method for detoxifying is using activated charcoal – ingested orally or applied topically. Additional methods include taking 2-3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide followed by vitamins such as B complex, E, and C. Amino acid supplements are also an effective route for rebooting the system and repairing the damage of aspartame. In any case, though, avoiding aspartame laden products and eating a clean, healthy diet is the best step toward healthy toxin-free living.
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Equal and NutraSweet (aspartame) and Splenda (sucralose) are being used as artificial sweeteners in thousands of products, often without our knowledge. If the label says “Sugar-free” or something similar, buy something else. Government and drug company studies report that the artificial sweeteners are safe.
On the other hand, there are adverse reports of the side effects of artificial sweeteners from across the globe. It is possible that many people are ‘allergic’ to artificial sweeteners since some people suffer very serious side effects and others do not. If someone absolutely does not want to sweeten with sugar or honey, stevia is a good, safe substitute. Avoiding artificial sweeteners is another reason to avoid processed foods since many contain aspartame or sucralose. Most chewing gum contains aspartame; children, especially, should not be allowed to chew this gum.
Each person is unique. The Mayo Clinic reports that allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance… Artificial sweeteners certainly qualify as a ‘foreign substance’. Allergic reactions range from mild (sneezing and sniffles) to severe (anaphylactic shock, inability to breathe and death). Some allergic reactions occur very quickly; others get stronger over time with each additional exposure.
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