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17.01.2011 16:11 Age: 5 yrs
Category: Self Improvement
By: Nikola Majcenović

Poison in your favorite diet drinks

Have you ever heard of aspartame? It is an artificial sweetener that is usually put in food and diabetic drinks as a sugar substitute, and has the potential to wreak havoc to your body and health. You can find aspartame in Diet Coke, some ice teas, chewing gum, breath mints, milk shakes, yogurt etc.

Aspartame was initially discovered as a side-product of an anti-ulcer drug. After discovering its sweet taste many studies were conducted, most of which objected to the widespread use and approval of aspartame because of minor health issues and possible connection to cancer.

Aspartame breaks down after consumption into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid. Ask yourself if you would like to have these poisonous substances in your body! Nevertheless, aspartame was initially approved by FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt in 1974 but only for use in dry goods. From 1983 till 1993 aspartame was further approved for use in carbonated beverages, other beverages, baked goods and confections. Finally in 1996 all restrictions were removed, allowing aspartame to be used in all foods.

Despite being approved for general use (there's even a Wikipedia article claiming all controversy has been dismissed), there are people worldwide having side-effects from aspartame. The list is huge: decreased vision, blindness, epileptic seizures, memory loss, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, tachycardia, shortness of breath, diarrhea, birth defects, peptic ulcers, severe depression, aggressive behavior, suicidal tendencies, excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling and many other effects.

Even though you may not be currently suffering from anything mentioned, if you consume aspartame regularly you're susceptible to long term damage from aspartame decomposition products. In some cases the side-effects are visible immediately, proving that aspartame is bad for your health. If you want to stop poisoning yourself now, here are a few steps to take to stop aspartame consumption:

  • First - read the labels on any product before you buy it. If it contains aspartame (labeled also as E951) stay away from it. Beware, sometimes the label on the products will only say "contains sweeteners" or similar, not allowing you to know if aspartame is one of them.
  • Second - track your overall health and body condition and see if you feel any different after stopping the aspartame intake.
  • Third - drink plenty of water, eat a lot of raw foods and take your daily vitamin dose.
  • Finally - exercise regularly and get lots of rest.

After you see for yourself how aspartame affects you spread the word around to help others restore their health. For more information look at various online sources (Google is your friend).

Familiarize yourself with both sides and confirm any information you read by finding alternative sources. The author of this text was diagnosed in 2009 with arrhythmia and also had shortness of breath. After going to the doctor I was prescribed 3 different pills on 3 occasions, none of which had any effect on my arrhythmia.

But after reading online about possible arrhythmia causes I found out about aspartame and stopped using it. Almost a year after I cannot feel my arrhythmia anymore and the shortness of breath has been significantly reduced. This was the only proof I needed to ditch aspartame forever along with some other dangerous stuff like fluoride, margarine, MSG etc. In conclusion, check and double check whatever it is you eat and drink on a daily basis. Educate yourself on negative effects of the commonly used groceries. Don't trust anyone blindly; even FDA can be wrong.

Although you might feel fine now, you may be struck with disease later and wonder where it came from.
Take care of your health, it's the prerequisite for all other activities in life.

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