Aspartame Gets a New Name

I challenged myself this year with cutting out chemicals I use and digest.  No more soda, and I cut back on the prepackaged meals with complicated ingredient lists.  I’ve started juicing vegetables and fruits for Tre and I, and if I want something sweet I add organic sugar and not a chemically-derived substitute.  This has given me increased energy throughout the day, decreased any joint pain, and helped me sleep better.  As good as I feel, I will admit it is still hard work trying to weed out the chemicals.  It’s even harder when companies change the names of cancerous chemicals such as aspartame and rebrand them under unfamiliar names so that we unknowingly digest them!

This is exactly what aspartame producer Ajinomoto is doing.  They are rebranding the sweetener as “AminoSweet.”  Haven’t heard about the dangers of aspartame?  This sweetner has been linked to these side affects:

  • Neuological brain damage
  • Cancerous tumors
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Convulsions
  • Vision problems
  • Headache
  • Vomiting, nausea
  • Joint aches and pain

Most, “diet,” “sugar-free,” “lite,” and  “no-sugar-added”  versions of products such as those listed below contain aspartame or artificial sweeteners:

  • Breath mints
  • Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks
  • Cereals
  • Chewing gum
  • Flavored syrups for coffee
  • Flavored water products
  • Frozen ice
  • Frozen ice cream novelties
  • Fruit spreads
  • Gelatin
  • Hard candies
  • Ice cream toppings
  • Ice creams
  • Iced tea, Powder or ready-to-drink
  • Instant cocoa mix
  • Jams & jellies
  • Juice blends
  • Juice drinks
  • Maple syrups
  • Mea lreplacements
  • Mousse
  • Pies
  • Nutritional bars
  • Powdered drinks
  • Protein drinks
  • Pudding
  • Soft candy chews
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Cookies
  • Ketchup
  • Table-top sweeteners
  • Vegetable drinks
  • Yogurt

Read the ingredient list on anything you put in your mouth if it is prepackaged!  Beware the dangers of chemically-sweetened foods.

Sources:

http://healthfreedoms.org/2010/02/15/aspartame-has-been-renamed-and-is-now-being-marketed-as-a-natural-sweetener/

http://blog.foodfacts.com/index.php/2009/09/08/aspartame-nutrition-facts/

http://aspartame.mercola.com/

http://organichealthadviser.com/archives/aspartame-dangers

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3 responses to “Aspartame Gets a New Name

  1. You are right about using chemical substitutes for natural products. They can have serious side effects. My daughter is a didtician and I am a chemical engineer with a lot of interest in wellness. Have to be careful buying organic as it is not regulated, often imported and contaminated. Always buy 100% organic as it is regulated and inspected vs just organic.
    Also, some natural products have side effects. Tea is loaded with tannic acid and removes calcium from your body. Sasafrass from tree roots and used for root beer flavoriing (not used now) causes cancer. We all know about tobacco leaves.
    Make your choices with education and be careful of the organic fad. Not all additives are bad and not all natural is good.

  2. In some people, Aspartame can cause some nasty reactions. I also avoid aspartame even if i am not allergic to it. I am more inclined to use natural sweeteners such as Stevia or Xylitol because they are much better than Aspartame based sweeteners. “*’*; Enjoy your weekend! medicine dosage blog

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