Aspartame, an artificial chemical sweetener, is found in soft drinks, gelatin deserts, bakery products, manufactured cookies and cakes, ice cream, and dozens of other common and popular foods. It is marketed under the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal Measure. It was originally approved in 1974, but strong objections by neuroscientist and researcher Dr. John Olney put the launch on hold. Eventually, aspartame was approved in 1981 for dry goods and in 1983 for carbonated drinks. Two years later, in 1985, G.D. Searle sold the company to Monsanto. Today aspartame is widely marketed in beverages and manufactured foods, as well as in bulk packaging for home and commercial baking.
Adverse Reactions To Food Additives
Every year, thousands of Americans go to emergency rooms and to doctor’s offices complaining of problems that are caused by the food additives in their meals. Some of the reactions to food additives are severe and may result in death. Over 75 percent of the injurious reactions to food additives are a result of aspartame. Over 90 symptoms have been documented, and most are unpleasant and dangerous. If you consume aspartame in food or beverages, you may experience one or more of the following reactions:
Headaches and migraines
The above are just some of the many reactions you can experience. Anytime a part of your body is acting unusually or painfully, call your health-care professional for a diagnosis. Be sure to state you have been using aspartame. In addition to the unpleasant and often dangerous symptoms, researchers have determined that several chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by the use of aspartame, including diabetes, brain tumors, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, lymphoma, and multiple sclerosis.
If you are using aspartame in your food and beverages, today is the time to stop. Many symptoms will disappear after all the aspartame residue is out of your body. Never take chances if you are not feeling normal. Have a checkup and be sure everything is OK.