I have two young daughters who love chewing gum. Before we buy any at the store, they need examine the label carefully and look for aspartame. It seems like it’s becoming harder and harder to find any gum without it. In fact, it’s getting more difficult to find anything sweet without it. Some might say I’m going overboard and it’s only on the market because it is safe. Well, if you think all the products approved by the FDA are safe, think again. Aspartame is dangerous and you should stay away from it like poison.
Aspartame (Nutrisweet) is a chemical used to sweeten at least 9000 products on the market today. It is found in diet sodas, light ice cream, gum and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, aspartame was found to cause brain tumors in rats and confirmed it might cause brain tumors in humans. Despite being ruled unsafe by the FDA in 1974 and 1980 with further studies needed, the product was pushed through and approved thanks to political forces. This was done because Donald Rumsfeld was then the newly appointed CEO of Searle, the chemical company that held the patent for aspartame. Searle was bought by Monsanto, a company very well known for being ‘in bed’ with the FDA. In 1981 a 5-person commission was put together to review the findings and the original decision was upheld 3-2. However, a 6th person was appointed to deadlock the ruling and allow the director, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr. decide in favor of allowing aspartame into the market. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety. Despite complaint after complaint since then, aspartame is legal.
Don’t believe me? Research it yourself. That’s what I did because I’ve always thought that putting artificial ingredients in your body is not healthy. Aspartame is 10 percent methyl alcohol that is toxic to us. At temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, it breaks down into DKP and formaldehyde, both of which are known toxins. This list goes on and on. Please see http://www.rense.com/general33/legal.htm to find out more about aspartame. Aspartame is NOT a good alternative for sugar.
Ben Theiss is a devoted father and husband as well as an avid runner and cyclist. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Math and Science Teacher for over 13 years. Ben served in the US Army and is a Veteran of Desert Storm.