Six Myths about Aspartame that will Never Die

Despite the fact, that almost all of the research in humans indicates that Aspartame is safe in normal amounts, there are many who refuse to face it. Aspartame (E951) is a sweetener that is about 200 times sweeter than sugar but on the other hand, it contains very few calories. Studies are there about Aspartame and the products it degrades into in the body in the last 30 years and the European Food Safety Authority EFSA has concluded that it is safe. The same has also the U.S. authorities concluded.

Aspartame nowadays used in everything from protein powder, sugar free soft drinks, biscuits, chewing gum, desserts, etc. is completely safe. The limit for intake is currently set at 40 mg / kg body weight. How much aspartame found in food and beverages varies a great deal, but according to a study, a person weighing 60 kg consumes close to 4 liters of diet soda every day, for life. Despite extensive research over several decades, people are still not ready to accept it.

Let us look at some of the most common allegations on aspartame and what is it actually.


Aspartame is a carcinogen

There are studies showing that animals can get cancer from aspartame, but there we are talking about extremely high doses. These doses we will never be able to catch up to, even if you were to drink aspartame drinks continuously throughout the day.

It is true enough some epidemiological studies showing an increased incidence of some cancers, but such studies do not say anything about the cause / effect and contains a number of weaknesses that one cannot ignore. How easy is it for example to be able to say something about how you have eaten and drunk in the last twelve months? How much sugar soda you drank in March 2012?

Aspartame breaks down in our bodies to several substances, aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. With larger amounts of aspartame, formaldehyde would also likely be present, but even extreme amounts of aspartame forms little formaldehyde. In fact, our body produces far more formaldehyde than what you get in you in the form of sugar-free soda. In addition, when it comes to aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol, so this is a much greater amounts in common foods such as meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.


Is Aspartame, a deadly neurotoxin?

Not correct. By searching on Google or if you are unlucky to land up on a junk website, it is easy to believe that aspartame is dangerous and you can get both the one and the other of drinking sugar soda. There are actually more likely to die of water poisoning before you would get any side effects of aspartame, even if you went on to get most sugar soda.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as late as February 2013 published a systematic review of the available literature where they reaffirm that an intake of up to 40 mg / kg body weight is completely safe. It is important to remember that although some drugs are toxic in large amounts, it never means that they are dangerous in small amounts. Pretty much everything is toxic and potentially fatal if there is excessive intake.


Aspartame triggers epileptic seizures

Not correct. On several websites, you can read that aspartame can cause seizures and that FAA and U.S. Navy has warned its employees against even small amounts of aspartame. Blogs Gunnar Tjomlid has written a fabulous blog about aspartame and refers to several studies indicate that aspartame does not control and epileptic seizures or increase the risk any more than placebo.


Aspartame makes you overweight

Not correct. Although in some rat studies have shown that rats receiving aspartame eat more, it is not correct to say that aspartame makes you fat. A change in hunger does not mean that you as a man going to eat more food. Food is for us is much more than just hunger and satiety.

In humans, there is also no evidence that aspartame causes you to eat more. In fact, there are several studies that point out that drinking sugar soda can be an advantage when you lose weight or stay away from the unhealthy food. If anything, it is likely that drinking sugar soda can cause you to consume fewer calories.


Aspartame wonders the body to produce insulin

Not correct. Your body does not want to produce insulin. Aspartame does not get your body to produce insulin, nor will the body to produce something extra when combined with carbohydrates. There is no reason to get aspartame to appear as something other than what it is. These products it breaks down into completely harmless byproducts, given that you do not overdo the intake.

Other ridiculous allegations

  • Aspartame makes you stupid.
  • Aspartame makes you dependent.
  • Aspartame wonders you to produce various hormones.
  • Aspartame contains wood alcohol (like no other foods containing more methanol …)
  • Aspartame can bring AIDS, headache, poor memory, heart disease, hallucinations, etc.

Common to these claims is that they are false and inaccurate either because they simply are not true, or because they turn your beliefs inside out. At aspartame contains wood alcohol, is not something to widen your eyes on, when we know that the same methanol is found in greater amounts in traditional foods.

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