SCIENCE:: *DO NOT EAT!*: Aspartame:>Biochemistry>Analysis

 During a recent research session of mine into the biochemistry of the main line sweetener chemical Aspartame, I found some very very disturbing information about this toxin in regards to our every day food consumption. 

Opening Statement:

I had to post my findings on this[hidden in plain view]nastiness: Researchers at Purdue University(a major research institution known for discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Carolina, found that rats gained on average 20 percent more weight with artificial sweetener such as Aspartame than with natural sugar. They could not say why but believed that “… the artificial sweetener somehow interrupts the body’s ability to regulate or register the amount of calories it has consumed resulting in carbohydrate cravings and/or reduced metabolism.” The contradiction in this is a single finding of mine: On a can of Red Bull you will find that following statements: “Red Bull Sugarfree, low calorie *Improves performance, especially during times of increased stress of strain *Increases concentration and improves reaction to speed *Stimulates the metabolism” If these statements were true, scientifically, you could not find Aspartame as the 11th ingredient on the Red Bull Sugarfree listing. Aspartame is only 11th subject to; Carbonated Water, Citric Acid, and Caffeine, to name a few. Aspartame is located in over 40 readily available products, claims the chemical’s very own website(aspartame.org). Including: Anything labeled as “sugerfree”, “diet”, “fat free”, cereals, nutritional bars, and 90% of soft drinks regardless of ingredient-al merit. Read what you eat if its in a package, eat more things that aren’t packaged!

~

Let me break down the chemical reactions that happen within your body:

(All underlined and italicized words will be defined and expanded upon.)

1. The chemical Aspartame is an  non-saccharide compound.

  • Saccharide: Means – Carbohydrate and is had an empirical formula of Cm(H2O)n. 
In relationship to Aspartame: This means it is a non-carbohydrate chemical.
2. The chemical Aspartame is made up of two bacteria cultured amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine combined with free form methanol.
  • Aspartic Acid: Labeled as Aspartate, it is a non-essential precursor to amino acids in mammals. This means it can by synthesized through chemical laboratory manipulation. It is an α-amino acid with the chemical formula HOOCCH(NH2)CH2COOH.
  • Phenylalanine: Is is an α-amino acid with the formula C6H5CH2CH(NH2)COOH, as well. According to several sources, Phenylalanine is produced for; Medical, Feed, and Nutritional applications ONLY for the sweetener Aspartame. By adding this to the products it has been to known to genetically generate  Escherichia coliThis genetic engineering is produced by manipulating the genes controlling enzymes responsible for the synthesis of the amino acid
  • {Escherichia coli: Commonly referred to as “E. Coli” is a Gram-Negative – rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in living organism mammals, such as humans. Most strains of the bacteria are harmless minus the  serotypes types for which are responsable for food poisonings of various degrees. This can cause many product retailers to recall their products due to lack of costumer support based on the costumer sickness.
  • Methanol: Also referred to as methyl alcohol is a chemical with the formula CH3OH. Methane is often used in the the following applications: Feed Stock, Gas, Synthetic Fuels, Solvent, Antifreeze for Pipelines. During World War II Methanol was used to fuel German rocket propulsion systems. For humans, methane has a very high toxicity for humans.  If ingested, for example, as little as 10 mL of pure methanol can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve, and 30 mL is potentially fatal – according to a study conducted by Vale on Methane in the journal of Medice in 2007[35 (12): 633–4].

List on Aspartame’s very own website[aspartame.org] you will find a listing of the following products. All of this products are listed as “The Following Reduced Calorie Products Have Aspartame-Sweetened Choices” :

  • Breath Mints
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Cereals
  • Chewing Gum
  • Flavored Syrups for Coffee
  • Flavored Water Products
  • Frozen Ice
  • Frozen Ice Cream Novelties
  • Fruit Spreads
  • Gelatin, Sugar Free
  • Hard Candies
  • Ice cream Toppings
  • Ice Creams, No Sugar Added or Sugar Free
  • Iced Tea, Powder
  • Iced Tea, Ready to Drink
  • Instant Cocoa Mix
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Juice Blends
  • Juice Drinks
  • Maple Syrups
  • Meal Replacements
  • Mousse
  • No Sugar Added Pies
  • Non-Carbonated Diet Soft drinks
  • Nutritional Bars
  • Powdered Soft Drinks
  • Protein Nutritional Drinks
  • Pudding
  • Soft Candy Chews
  • Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup
  • Sugar Free Cookies
  • Sugar Free Ketchup
  • Table Top Sweeteners
  • Vegetable Drinks
  • Yogurt, Drinkable
  • Yogurt, Fat Free
  • Yogurt, Sugar Free

At the point that the website has to defend itself is reason enough for investigation. For on the aspartame website you will find the following statement:

“The Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization, the Scientific Committee for Food of the European Community and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have reviewed aspartame and found it safe for use. The American Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association also have found aspartame safe.” -aspartame.org

To the normal consumer this statement can come as a reassurance if that had any preconceived notions to if the chemical is safe for consumption or not. For, in all actuality this is probably why they list the statement on their site in the first place – because people have been negatively warned about it. There is only one fault to the above statement, however; they left out what aspartame does over a dosage of long-term usage. The studies in this regards reveal a very different marrit in results.

Depression:

Phenylalanine, one of the amino acids I described above. After ingested it reacts to the hormonal levels in your digestive tract and act as a serotonin inhibitor, resulting in paralysis of normally gauged serotonin levels. The body produces serotonin from the amino acid tryptophan found in carbohydrates, such as your every day pastry roll or sandwich.  The desire to eat is switched off as soon as an adequate level serotonin is reached in the body’s chemical levels. But with a constant supply of phenylalanine from aspartame, blocking the production of serotonin, the right levels are never reached and we keep craving carbohydrates. This craving is not as much in our head as some might imply. For this is truly a chemical issue within our bodily systems. This can be corrected by exiting aspartame containing products from our diet. Psychologically, as we continue to eat products containing aspartame and therefor increasing our cravings for carbohydrated products, we gain weight. This can cause depression issues to the point of emotional eating disorters. Unfortunately, most eating disorters are warped around eating large amounts of sugary, pastry-like foods for comfort. Therefore we are continuing the process for which we are trying to escape. On a biochemistry level, sadly, many products in our supermarkets today that contain aspartame are carbohydrate based products.

Neurobiological Effects of Aspartame on the Humanoid Organism:

After ingesting aspartame the chemical methanol is released and converted to formaldehyde and then formic acid. Numerous tests by Universities show methanol breaks down into formaldahyde in the laboratory rats. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin, is a known carcinogen, causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects. In natural foods such as fruit and alcoholic beverages methanol is always found together with ethanol which neutralizes the toxicity.

  • Formaldehyde: Is an organic chemical compound with the formula CH2O. Popular uses include: Color Negative Film Productions, Woodworking and Cabinet-Industries, in the making of glues, in the making of particle bored, and plastic laminent.
  • Carcinogen: A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.
  • Deadly: Causing or able to cause death: “a deadly weapon”. – webster’s dictionary

Closing Statement:

You must understand the severity of how this can effect everything and everyone you know, by now. For my hopes is that I have loaded the informational gun, in your defense. Read the labels on your packaged food, and eat more whole foods. For there are many evils in this world, and this is one we can actively avoid. Avoid not only for ourselves, but for our future generations.

  • Actively: in an active manner; “he participated actively in the war”.
  • Avoid: Keep away from or stop oneself from doing (something).
~

By: Thomas McGregor, CPT

Sources Used:

  1. http://www.en.wikipedia.com
  2. http://www.justmindpower.com
  3. http://www.aspartame.org
  4. http://www.pubmed.com
  5. http://www.startpage.com
  6. http://www.webster.com
Advertisements

One comment

  1. Thanks for the info! I have to bite my tongue whenever I see someone drinking a diet coke… If only people understood that just because it’s on the market, doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s