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Aspartame Renamed “Aminosweet” – Consumers Beware

February 19, 2011

Aspartame is one of numerous man-made chemicals in one of the most dangerous group of substances called excitotoxins. These chemicals are called excitotoxins because they “excite” nerve cells in your body so much that they burn out and die.

Many consumers are oblivious to the fact that Aspartame is an excitotoxin (most don’t even know what an excitotoxin is!). Aspartame was invented as a drug but upon discovery of its’ sweet taste was marketed as a food additive rather than a drug.

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is added to most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide (that’s why I haven’t used chewing gum for over 5 years).

More and more consumers are becoming knowledgeable about the dangers of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to human health. Even so, there are still millions of consumers who have no idea that Aspartame is so incredibly harmful.

The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort from the marketers of Aspartame to trick consumers into purchasing their products who are unaware of the name change of Aspartame to “Aminosweet.” They are marketing Aminosweet (read: Aspartame) as a natural and safe sweetener, despite numerous clinical studies and evidence that Aspartame is dangerous.

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.

G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the “habit of saying yes” and of encouraging a “subconscious spirit of participation” in getting the chemical approved.

G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own safety studies that many believed were inadequate and deceptive. Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974, igniting a blaze of controversy.

In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety”. FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.

The details of aspartame’s history are lengthy, but the point remains that the carcinogen was illegitimately approved as a food additive through heavy-handed prodding by a powerful corporation with its own interests in mind. Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency’s multi-million dollar approval process.

Changing aspartame’s name to something that is “appealing and memorable”, in Ajinomoto’s own words, may hoodwink some but hopefully most will reject this clever marketing tactic as nothing more than a desperate attempt to preserve the company’s multi-billion dollar cash cow. Do not be deceived.

So look out for Aspartame in its new shell “Aminosweet.” If you see Aspartame or Aminosweet on any food label, DO NOT EAT IT! To be safe, you should avoid all “diet” products and sugar-free products as the majority of them contain Aspartame or another harmful artificial sweetener.

If you’re interested in learning more about Aspartame and the dangers it poses to human health, the following are some great resources on Aspartame (Thanks to Dr. Mercola)

Sweet Deception – Sweet Deception, the new book by New York Times best selling author Dr. Joseph Mercola exposes the FDA’s hidden truths about dangers, risks, side effects of aspartame and artificial sweeteners such as Splenda and Nutrasweet.

Dangers – Read this important article on the dangers of aspartame first, and then return to this page if you’re interested in many other relevant insights and resources on this topic.

Books – Books about Aspartame, Nutrasweet, and Refined Sugar dangers

The Deadly Deception of Aspartame by the FDA and Searle – “The Deadly Deception” cites chapter and verse of the coverup by Searle and the FDA. See some of the highlights from the book “The Deadly Deception”:

Aspartame and the Food & Drug Administration – Why isn’t the FDA protecting your health?

FDA Pivotal Safety Study – Despite approval by the federal Food and Drug Administration as a sweetener, Aspartame remains the focus of serious human health questions poised by a core of skeptics.

History of Aspartame – A history of Fraud and Deception.

Governments Coverup Aspartame – FDA “findings” on Aspartame remain based on faked tests.

Gulf War – Aspartame Dosing of the Military in the Gulf War.

Hidden Dangers of Aspartame – Aspartame: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Not Natural – Studies prove Aspartame is not a natural product.

Aspartame Symptoms – Seizures and headaches are among the most common complaints reported by Aspartame users.

Reseach Findings on Dangers on Aspartame – Author Mary Nash Stoddard presents research findings at July 1995 Tesla Conference, before several hundred attendees.

Weight Gain Myth – It’s not unusual for people who are dieting to reach for an aspartame product verses a product containing sugar. With a weight conscious society, fewer calories can be attractive. However, a closer look shows that aspartame may not help control weight gain.

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  1. May 26, 2012 7:30 pm

    Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency’s multi-million dollar approval process.!! that is so true and unbelievable! check out my blog!!

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