Watch out for a new neurological damaging sweetener – AminoSweet June 23 2014

Today artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of foods and drinks.  You can’t look anywhere in the grocery store without seeing artificial sweeteners hidden in products – from soft drinks to candy and desserts to chewing gum - even if they are marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet.”.  Additionally, most baked goods, dairy products (like ice cream and yogurt) and juices contain a sugar substitute of some kind too.

One specific sweetener, Aspartame, has been said to cause neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine (hormone) disruption.   Specifically studied by the government, the FDA report lists close to 100 symptoms triggered by aspartame.  Despite this, its Japanese manufacturer, Ajinomoto, will re-brand, market, and sell the food additive under a new name, AminoSweet, to increase corporate profits and avoid the negative attention that Aspartame had been receiving.  The most infuriating part of this discovery is even though the products are artificially created in a laboratory, Ajinomoto’s rebranding of the product will allow them to market it as a natural product made with two amino acids, namely methanol and phenylalanine. 

There have been studies that report ingesting these chemically produced amino acids can lead to excess levels in the body.  High amounts of phenylalanine can cause emotional disorders, such as depression.  When the other ingredient, methanol, is found in excess in the body, it gets broken down into formaldehyde, which is a dangerous toxin that embalms living tissue and damages DNA. 

It’s no surprise that putting any substance in your body that is not naturally meant to be there comes with potential consequences.  Make it a priority to treat and nutritionally support your brain and body so that it works optimally for you.  For more information on good eating habits, review our Nutrition Tips.


Written by Melissa Warner

1.  Docket # 02P-0317 Recall Aspartame as a Neurotoxic Drug, Reported Aspartame Toxicity Reactions.
2.  Evidence aspartame is a poison.