You ask your friend for some gum, and she hands you an Eclipse.. or a Wrigley's... or some Trident.
You know, because you've read all about it, that sugarfree gum...and sugarfree everything for that matter, has Aspartame. But you say to yourself, well, it's only 2 grams of sugar alcohol... and I'm gonna get cancer anyway... and he's really cute.
So you take the gum.
And you say to yourself, "Just this one time".
And then, the next week, you're at the movies, and your friend is drinking Diet Coke. She offers you a sip, and you say ah, why not. But then you realize, Diet Coke has Aspartame in it, and you've learned that Aspartame has an ADH enzymes... which change methanol, a by-product of aspartame metabolism, to formaldehyde in the body.
... and feel guilty, but not too guilty, because it's just a sip.
And the next day, you see "Sugar-free" Lemon Sorbet at the grocery store, and absolutely must have it...and the next month you buy everyone at the party Coke Zero because they're watching their weight....
But, I wonder, how many times do you say that? And what is it going to take for you to get so scared of the prospects of the unnatural ingredients in your gum, and the artificial colors and flavorings in your food, and the toxins in your shampoo, and everything else you use on a daily basis to actual stop using them?
Well, maybe this study will finally do the trick.
Here I am, about to show you an article that may just scare you, maybe not enough for you to give up on those little bits that turn into big problems, but enough to validate even further how real the problems with giving into these food additive tempations are. Because we all know those small occasions add up...
After 22 years of research, a study by Dr. Eva S. Schernhammer of the Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, researching with 77,000 women and 48,000 men, has confirmed that there are strong links between Aspartame and Blood Cancers.
And that Aspartame actually causes people to gain weight more easily than pure sugar....and that it causes neurological problems....
To dive right in, in fact, what is Aspartame? Well, this paragraph sums it up nicely:
"Aspartame is the excrement of genetically modified E. coli bacteria [Sounds dreadful, right?!]. It is comprised of 40 percent aspartic acid, 50 percent phenylalanine, and 10 percent methanol. Aspartic acid acts as a neurotransmitter, and too much can actually over-excite the cells (known as an “excitotoxin”), thus stimulating them to death. Keep in mind the blood brain barrier cannot prevent this in many, as it does not fully protect all areas of the brain, especially in people already suffering from other chronic diseases and disorders, and is not fully developed in children. While phenylalanine is an amino acid already present in the brain, excess levels can cause serotonin to decrease over time, which can lead to chemical imbalances that cause depression and other mood and emotional disorders. Methanol is an industrial solvent, is used as fuel and antifreeze, and is a main ingredient in many paints and varnish removers. The EPA warns that methanol ingestion may result in neurological damage (specifically “permanent motor dysfunction”) and visual disturbances leading to blurred or dimmed vision and eventually blindness." (Melton).
Not only does it cause cancer, but it also makes you feel like crap in the mean time.
Dr. Mercola notes that aspartame actually accounts for over 75 percent of adverse food additive reactions reported to the FDA, including:
“Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.”
Now how are you feeling about those small choices? If you're like me, you're probably feeling guilty...frustrated...ready to go eat a whole bag of all natural apples maybe... or some raw sugar donuts?
Well, I'm sorry, not for scaring you, but that if you are scared, (which you should be) you now have an obligation to pay more attention to the decisions you do everyday that affect your health. I encourage you, be aware of the small steps you take everyday, get angry, fight back by signing petitions, don't buy sugar-free foods, read labels before you consume, and TELL people about what you have learned so that they can be one step closer to preventing cancer in the future.
And please, for the love of REAL food everywhere, stop telling yourself "I'm going to get cancer anyway"... when there is clear evidence that it is not coming from your organic green beans. This stuff, is too malicious for nature to make, so instead we factories do it for that lovely Mother Nature. <3
Oh, and at the movie theater... try an all natural mint instead.
Bon appétit et bonne sante,
p.s. If you want to try a challenge, to see how you feel without these cancer-causing sugar-coated killers give this a look....
Are Your Health Problems Related to Artificial Sweeteners?
Many people belatedly realize they've been suffering reactions to one artificial sweetener or another. If you suspect an artificial sweetener might be to blame for a symptom you're having, a good way to help you weed out the culprit is to do an elimination challenge. It's easy to do, but you must read the ingredient labels for everything you put in your mouth to make sure you're avoiding ALL artificial sweeteners. To determine if you're having a reaction to artificial sweeteners, take the following steps:
- Eliminate all artificial sweeteners from your diet for two weeks.
- After two weeks of being artificial sweetener-free, reintroduce your artificial sweetener of choice in a significant quantity (about three servings daily). Avoid other artificial sweeteners during this period.
- Do this for one to three days and notice how you feel, especially as compared to when you were consuming no artificial sweeteners.
- If you don't notice a difference in how you feel after re-introducing your primary artificial sweetener for a few days, it's a safe bet you're able to tolerate it acutely, meaning your body doesn't have an immediate, adverse response. However, this doesn't mean your health won't be damaged in the long run.
- If you've been consuming more than one type of artificial sweetener, you can repeat steps 2 through 4 with the next one on your list.
Let me make it abundantly clear that even though you may not show immediate signs of any noticeable reaction after consuming artificial sweeteners, please don't make the mistake of telling yourself "they must be OK for me". I strongly urge you to avoid them at all costs. They are toxic to all humans and will not help you in any way, shape, or form.
Also, if you do experience side effects from aspartame, please report it to the FDA (if you live in the United States) without delay. It's easy to make a report — just go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number for your state, and make a call reporting your reaction. There's no telling just how many reports they might need to receive before taking another look at aspartame's safety and reconsidering their stance. But I CAN tell you, the more reports they get, the more likely that is to happen. So if you suspect you have experienced an adverse reaction from aspartame (or any other drug or food additive), please take a moment to make this important call.