Friday, 11 May 2007

Aspartame: some unsweet facts

I remember once when I was shopping at a large supermarket and thought I'd get a bottle of flavoured water. When I noticed they all contained aspartame, I decided to avoid these drinks. And I have.

So what is aspartame? It is an artifical sweetener that is still used in the UK, despite concerns about its toxic effects on the body. Even small amounts taken regularly can impact negatively on one's health.

Aspartame can be found in sweets, drinks, prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and many other foods.

Some of the newer sweeteners are not much better. And many of these are found in "diet" versions of soft drinks.

It's best to read the label. That is, if you want to avoid aspartame.

And if you're wondering what research studies about aspartame have found, go here.


Rich Murray said...

formaldehyde as a potent unexamined cofactor in cancer research --
sources include methanol, dark wines and liquors, aspartame, wood and
tobacco smoke: IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks
to Humans implicate formaldehyde in #88 and alcohol drinks in #96:
some related abstracts: Murray 2007.05.11

aspartame (methanol, formaldehyde) toxicity research summary: Rich
Murray 2007.05.08

One liter aspartame diet soda, about 3 12-oz cans,
gives 61.5 mg methanol,
so if 30% is turned into formaldehyde, the formaldehyde
dose of 18.5 mg is 37 times the recent EPA limit of
0.5 mg per liter daily drinking water for a 10-kg child:
2007.01.05 [ does not discuss formaldehyde from methanol
or aspartame ] comments

"Of course, everyone chooses, as a natural priority,
to actively find, quickly share, and positively act upon
the facts about healthy and safe food, drink, and

Rich Murray, MA Room For All
505-501-2298 1943 Otowi Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
group with 74 members, 1,425 posts in a public, searchable archive
aspartame groups and books: updated research review of
2004.07.16: Murray 2006.05.11
Aspartame Controversy, in Wikipedia democratic
encyclopedia, 72 references (including AspartameNM # 864
and 1173 by Murray), brief fair summary of much more
research: Murray 2007.01.01

Dark wines and liquors, as well as aspartame, provide
similar levels of methanol, above 120 mg daily, for
long-term heavy users, 2 L daily, about 6 cans.

Within hours, methanol is inevitably largely turned into
formaldehyde, and thence largely into formic acid -- the
major causes of the dreaded symptoms of "next morning"

Fully 11% of aspartame is methanol -- 1,120 mg aspartame
in 2 L diet soda, almost six 12-oz cans, gives 123 mg
methanol (wood alcohol). If 30% of the methanol is turned
into formaldehyde, the amount of formaldehyde, 37 mg,
is 18.5 times the USA EPA limit for daily formaldehyde in
drinking water, 2.0 mg in 2 L average daily drinking water.
methanol products (formaldehyde and formic acid) are main
cause of alcohol hangover symptoms [same as from similar
amounts of methanol, the 11% part of aspartame]:
YS Woo et al, 2005 Dec: Murray 2006.01.20
methanol (formaldehyde, formic acid) disposition:
Bouchard M et al, full plain text, 2001: substantial
sources are degradation of fruit pectins, liquors,
aspartame, smoke: Murray 2005.04.02

Chichi said...

Thank you for the interesting information about aspartame. I will visit your blog to find out more.