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Aspartame: Sweet but Deadly

Ants die when they ingest aspartame. What is it doing to you?

The FDA has received more complaints about aspartame than any other additive ever! This equates to over 10,000 consumer complaints.From these complaints the FDA has compiled a list of 92 symptoms and diseases related to aspartame including multiple sclerosis, cancer and death.

Yet the FDA, Monsanto and the rest of the artificial sweetener industry are engaged in a huge campaign insisting this poison is safe.

Research is now indicating another serious consequence. Use of aspartame leads to weight gain!  People who use artificial sweeteners consume over 3X the calories of those who don’t use these sweeteners.   

Although the results are conclusive, scientists aren’t sure of the reason. The current hypothesis is that the sweet taste tells the brain food is coming, which in turn triggers an insulin response. When the expected food doesn’t arrive, you end up with high levels of insulin and yet little glucose circulating in the blood. This stimulates your appetite, often causing you to eat sugar-laden, nutrient-empty calories to raise your blood sugar.It’s a vicious circle, resulting in more and more fat being deposited into the abdominal area and around internal organs. 

If you have any aspartame in your cupboard, go put it on a few ant hills.
There ARE other options.Stevia is a natural herb from Paraguay and is available in health food stores, online and now even in some grocery stores. Raw blue agave nectar (check your source) has no impact on blood sugar. Xylitol and erythritol are other options that are more natural and safer than aspartame.

Comments From Dr. Esposito 
Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in American history and is omnipresent in our food supply.  It is present in such things as instant breakfasts, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, soft drinks, yogurt, laxatives and thousands of more products. You probably put it in your coffee every morning, have it in your juice during the day and eat foods with it all day long.
Not only is it in widespread distribution, but the list of potential symptoms it can cause is shocking.

The Aspartame Consumer Safety Network Fact Sheet lists the following symptoms:

headaches, nausea, vertigo, insomnia, numbness, blurred vision, blindness and other eye problems, memory loss, slurred speech, depression, personality changes, hyperactivity, stomach disorders, seizures, skin lesions, rashes, anxiety attacks, muscle cramping and joint pain, loss of energy, symptoms mimicking heart attacks, hearing loss and ear ringing, and loss or change of taste.

I agree with the author about the alternative sugar subsititutes. Recently while in Mexico, I visted an Agave plant and purchased a bottle of Agave nectar. I was impressed with its taste and its minimal effect on insulin levels. I use it in my morning oatmeal or protein drink or any other meal that needs sweetening.

I ocassionally use a touch of Black Strap Molasses. Although somewhat bitter, if you use it sparingly, it provides a sweet flavor with a kick of great minerals without spiking blood sugar levels.

Xylitol is another one of my favorites. It is a naturally-occuring substance that tastes like sugar and has no after-taste.  Scandinavian research has shown for many years that Xylitol actually reduces the incidence of tooth decay.  Study participants chewed one or two sticks of gum containing xylitol for five minutes three times a day after meals and their average decay reduction was 62%!

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