When it comes to artificial ANYTHING, buyer beware.  Additives such as NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda may sound innocent an innocuous, but the truth is that many, if not ALL of these types of artificial ingredients are basically chemical concoctions that have somehow been approved by the U.S. FDA and have gained significant market penetration and popularity.

Aspartame is the trade name for the various brands known as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.  It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.  Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983.  It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr. John W. Olney and consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974, as well as investigations of G.D. Searle’s research practices caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of Aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974).  In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.

Per Dr. Mercola, Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.  Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Tachycardia
  • Insomnia
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of taste
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Memory loss
  • Joint pain

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of Aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of Aspartame:

  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Mental retardation
  • Birth defects
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes

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