Whilst at The New Living and Lifestyle Show in Brighton this month, I met a wonderfully healthy, informed, ethical man called Chris who truly opened my eyes to the artificial sweetener named 'Aspartame'. It constantly amazes me at how many additives are found in foods, that have been scientifically proven to be harmful. Which of these products do you consume regularly, that may contain Aspartame?
Aspartame is a very common artificial sweetener and can be found in many products such as soft drinks, Lemsip, diet yoghurts and many 'diet' or lo-cal' foods. Check the ingredients on the side of the pack next time you go shopping.
When the temperature of Aspartame, which contains methanol, exceeds 30 degrees C, or 86 degrees F, as it does when eaten (normal body temperature is 36.9C or 98.4F) then methanol, or wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic, which are poisons. The it converts to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence whereas methanol toxicity is. Consider the consumption of foods containing Aspartame for you and your family and do your own research into the facts and reports on this additive. There is plenty of information on the web about Aspartame.