Lauren Mueller

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Aspartame... How it could be killing us

Well... For those of you who know me, you know I am pretty bad at actually finding time to get on this blog thing :). It just seems that when I actually have some down time, there is always sooo much to get done... that "sooo much" usually being cleaning and laundry. Oh the joys of being a stay at home mom :). Anyways! On to the topic at hand - ASPARTAME and artificial sweeteners!!!
Maybe I should enlighten you all a little bit on what aspartame ("nutra-sweet" or "equal") is and what exactly it does once it is inside your body! People choose "diet" things... soda, yogurt, pudding, popsicles, because their train of thought is, "Sugar is bad for me, I want to lose weight, or at least avoid gaining weight, so I'll get the diet stuff. With the fake sugar. That can only be good for me... right??!" Wrong. One part of the chemical structure of aspartame is methanol, or "wood alcohol". Methanol has studies against it, showing strong evidence of causing blindness and even death (Gen Whitt, HealthKeepers Magazine). And that's only the beginning. When you consume this methanol, your body breaks it down into formaldehyde! YES, that wasn't a typo... FORMALDEHYDE!! That nasty liquid that little animals were floating around in, inside those jars in your biology lab in highschool... the stuff that PRESERVED their dead bodies. After methanol is formaldehyde, it gets further broken down, turning into formic acid. Formic acid is the same poison ants use when they bite you. Other uses for formic acid you ask? Stripping epoxy and urethane coatings. My husband uses epoxy in his work with granite and let me tell you... epoxy is stronggg and it is not going anywhere without something REALLY acidic and strong. We are putting that into our bodies. Millions of Americans eat and drink this CRAP everyday!
Some people would say "oh well, there is so much unhealthy stuff, it's just a can of soda"... well, I beg to differ. It's one thing if my kids eat a candy bar with some sugar once in a while. Sugar is unhealthy and should be used in moderation. Sugar is NOT poison... aspartame, well... IS. Let me quote Gen Whitt again in her article from HealthKeepers magazine. "Since [aspartame's] 1981 approval [for use in the U.S.], the FDA has published a list of close to 100 symptoms of aspartame poisoning. The FDA admits approximately 80% of the consumer complaints it receives each year are aspartame related. Just a few of the documented side effects are abdominal pain, asthma, burning eyes or throat, diarrhea, fatigue, heart palpitations, and death." Wait, DEATH?! I mean come on people... we are feeding this stuff to ourselves and our kids. So if you didn't know, now you know...
Let's try healthy, whole grain, low sugar, low sodium diets instead of "diet" foods, what do you say :)?
My next post will talk to you about "why whole grain?" and offer some healthy recipes we can feed our families that are WAYYYY better than this "diet" junk :).