Sunday, August 7, 2011

Aspartame

Wow!  I am just amazed at what money can buy as I read up about the dangers of aspartame (commonly known as Nutrasweet + Equal).  Wouldn't you know, our 'friends' Monsanto are the owners of this gem.  Aspartame was found by accident and is comprised of 3 chemicals - aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.  In 1971, a neuroscientist and researcher informed the original owners of aspartame that aspartic acid actually causes holes in the brains of mice.  Yep, and that is going into some of the foods/drinks we have all consumed at one time or another.

I remember my mother drinking diet soda when I was younger and I would always ask for some.  I eventually stopped asking because it would always give me headaches.  Can you believe there are 90 documented symptoms caused by consumption of aspartame - 90!!  Some include headaches/migraines, dizziness, nausea, numbness, fatigue, irritability, rashes, depression, anxiety attacks, seizures and memory loss.  It doesn't stop there - not only does it cause these symptoms, there are many illnesses that are caused or made worse by consuming aspartame.  Some include alzheimer's, birth defects, brain tumors, diabetes, epilepsy, lymphoma and parkinson's disease.

The moral to this story is stay away from aspartame!!!  It is extremely important for infants, children and pregnant woman to absolutely not ingest aspartame.  Please take some time, if you are still not convinced, to go to :  http://aspartame.mercola.com/   and read about the dangers of aspartame.  I would suggest that once you see the word Monsanto connected to anything you run in the opposite direction!

List of the Top Ten Food Additives to Avoid

I watched a webinar from Shaklee and this was the list of the top ten food additives to avoid.  The order is alphabetical, it's overwhelming to think of taking these all out of your diet at once if you are just starting out.  But try to take one thing out at a time.  I will do future posts on why it's important to keep these out of your diet.  Many cause uncomfortable side effects including headaches/migraines, depression and even cancer.  Some have bans or were previously banned but because of big money and lobbying, they are still in circulation in the US.

1.  Aspartame
2.  BHA, BHT, TBHQ
3.  Blue #1, Blue #2
4.  BVO (Brominated Vegetable Oil)
5.  Citrus Red #2
6.  MSG + Quinone
7.  Red #3, Red #40
8.  Saccharin
9.  Sodium Nitrate
10.  Yellow #6