7.07.2010

Aspartame Has a New Name

For those of you who avoid aspartame, we have news for you. In an attempt to rebrand as a sweetener that's more "natural," aspartame is now going by the name AminoSweet. The name also goes by NutraSweet and Canderel.

According to an article in The Huffington Post by Dr. Mercola, there are more than 10,000 official FDA complaints about aspartame, but by the FDA's own admission, less than 1 percent of those who experience a reaction to a product ever report it. So, in theory, the toxic effects of aspartame may have affected roughly a million people already, Mercola writes.

While a variety of symptoms have been reported, almost two-thirds of them fall into the neurological and behavioral category consisting mostly of headaches, mood alteration, and hallucinations, Mercola says. The remaining third is mostly gastrointestinal symptoms. Add to this that fake sugars have also been shown to increase cravings and food consumption. Doesn't sound very fun, huh?

Click here to read the full article on aspartame's negative health effects.