A Promise Kept, A Promise Broken
I’d make myself a martyr for this cause.
Aspartame was discovered in 1965 during by a pharmaceutical company as the failed attempt to create a stomach ulcer treatment. The company decided to put the chemical through the FDA testing. They performed the tests poorly themselves, and had the chemical sweetener on the market the same year under the name NutriSweet. By 1980 many independant tests showed the adverse health effects of the chemical and the FDA banned the sale of aspartame nationwide. The number one concern was that aspartame has a high chance of causing brain tumors. In 1981 under the new Reagan administration aspartame was re-approved after a very controversial vote by a freshly elected FDA panel.
Recent research has shown that it would take over 50 cans of artificially sweetened diet soda per day to consume a dangerous amount of aspartame; however, non-deadly symptoms of consuming even one can per week include:
- headaches, migraines
- sleep problems
And an onslaught of other symptoms like nausea, asthma, abdominal pains, vision problems, and memory loss. Aspartame also volatilizes the symptoms of pre-existing conditions including diabetes, MS, lymphoma, alzheimer’s, epilepsy, brain tumors, mental retardation and chronic fatigue syndrome. If you know anyone with these diseases, and you love them, make sure they know that aspartame is going to make their life a whole lot harder than it already is.