Aspartame: 10 Dangers of This Additive
Aspartame: 10 Dangers of This Additive
Aspartame is a common “alternative” sweetener. It’s an artificial additive that’s used around the world. It’s hundreds of times sweeter than real sugar, which is what prompts many companies to use it to begin with. It will look like your drink is low in sugar yet still tasty, but aspartame in the ingredients list should raise alarm for some good reasons. This list will cover some of the top dangers of aspartame, which has been controversial for decades now.
10 Dangers of Aspartame Consumption
Italian researchers were prompted to do a research study using rats when debate initially began about aspartame being linked to cancer. They found that high intake of aspartame does, in fact, heighten the risks of getting lymphomas and leukemia. Another study began in the 1980s, ran by the FDA and the European Food Safety Authority, to discredit claims about it being linked to brain tumors. This study found it to be a safe ingredient.
PKU is an uncommon genetic disorder. Experts agree that people who suffer from PKU need to watch their intake of aspartame since PKU prevents the body from breaking down the Phenylalanine Amino Acid. This allows it to build up inside the person’s bloodstream, which could damage brain development when consumed by a child, or when consumed by a pregnant woman, can affect the fetus while in the womb. People who suffer from PKU can have small amounts of aspartame but it’s recommended they avoid it as much as possible.
Methanol is, in fact, a toxic substance when consumed in high doses. Aspartame is broken down by the body into multiple substances, and methanol is one that results from this process. Therefore, high doses of aspartame can lead to a high amount of methanol in the body. People remain suspicious although scientists have explained that the amount of methanol your body absorbs from aspartame is less than the amount absorbed from fruit juices and some natural foods.
- Visual Side Effects
Aspartame is linked to possible damage to the eyes. High intake can lead to damaged night vision, blurring eyes, eye pain, and even blocking of the teat ducts. Taking aspartame in especially high doses can lead to complete or partial blindness according to some claims. Without scientific evidence, however, optometrists remain skeptical about these potential risks.
- Hearing Impediments
Alongside claims that aspartame negatively affects eyesight, people are also making claims that it can cause hearing impediments. However, the debate continues as no studies have yet proven such a link.
People against the intake of aspartame insist that future research will reveal a link between aspartame and epilepsy. However, so many factors go into diagnosing such a condition that it would be hard to pinpoint something like the intake of aspartame to be the cause. Likely, many things factor in, and it is possible that such a connection exists, until proven otherwise.
- Premature Births
With a heightened risk for people suffering from PKU since the build-up in their blood can affect the development of the fetus, high intake of aspartame can cause a premature birth as well. While the PKU link to development gives this claim some credibility, women without the PKU defect shouldn’t expect any such risk—according to scientists from Britain’s National Health Services and countless other organizations.
- Bad For Allergies
For those suffering from asthma and other types of allergies, in taking a lot of aspartame can make them worst. While this is one of the most prevailing claims out there about aspartame, it also lacks scientific evidence although many people have put it to their own test to see what would happen if they cut aspartame out of their diet for a while and later begin increasing their intake to see the results.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
As one of the more serious claims on this list, it’s important to note that scientists are still researching the disease itself, so they have yet been able to pinpoint links to aspartame or other substances that are typically not consumed in excess. In years to come, studies might open up about the possible link, but no information is currently available.
This final claim is incredibly credible considering sugar intake of any type can lead to a lack of concentration and the need to “fidget”. While this claim has not been studied either, it is widely accepted since many similar phenomena have been noted that connect sugar intake and other substances with decreased concentration.
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