Step Away From The Diet Sodas

I hate aspartame. I always have. Whenever I have had the unfortunate experience of eating or drinking anything with aspartame, I always feel sick. Seriously.

I’ve never done a lot of research about aspartame, but I always suspected there was something “wrong” with it, and now, I have no doubt.

I found out tonight that aspartame, the sugar substitute, is manufactured by Monsanto. Monsanto is known for genetically engineered crops, and I refuse to purchase their products. One of their more popular products is Round Up. I won’t buy it, ever. I would rather deal with weeds the old fashioned way that support a company that wants to manipulate our food supply.

As of tonight I have another reason not to trust them.

In 1999, the Independent on Sunday discovered that the maker of aspartame, Monsanto, uses genetically engineered bacteria to produce the “sweetener” at its U.S. production plants. Aspartame is made by combining phenylalanine, which is naturally produced by bacteria, with another amino acid. To make the bacteria produce more phenylalanine, Monsanto has genetically engineered them.

I suppose I could have known about this sooner had I actually done research about it, but since I don’t usually purchase foods or drinks that contain it, I never thought to look into it.

In addition to blindness, a report produced by the Department of Health and Human Services lists over 90 symptoms related to aspartame, including: migraine headaches, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. The following chronic illnesses are triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Wow. What else is there to say?

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