ARTIFICIAL FOOD: Taking A Closer Look At The Ingredients And Their Effects - NEW SERIES - Part 1 - ASPARTAME

in food •  last year

This series will examine common artificial food ingredients and their health effects.


What is aspartame?

From wikipedia

Aspartame (APM) is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages.

What types of food contain aspartame?

The typical places you might find aspartame are in diet drinks, protein shakes and powders, fruit cups, yogurts, chewing gum, and “sugar-free” products.

What are the negative health effects associated with aspartame?

The effects that I found ample documentation on and are included in this article include:

Blocks Amino Acids To The Brain 

Reduces Dopamine And Serotonin Levels 


Neuron Degeneration 


Vision Disorders 

Weight Gain

There are many others, but in the interest of keeping this article a reasonable length, I will not list them and will focus on the ones listed above.  (As if those aren’t bad enough, right?)

From the National Institutes Of Health

Aspartame, a widespread sweetener used in many food products, is considered as a highly hazardous compound….. The artificial sweetener is broken down into phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%) and methanol (10%) during metabolism in the body. The excess of phenylalanine blocks the transport of important amino acids to the brain contributing to reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin…...Aspartic acid at high concentrations is a toxin that causes hyperexcitability of neurons and is also a precursor of other excitatory amino acid - glutamates. Their excess in quantity and lack of astrocytic uptake induces excitotoxicity and leads to the degeneration of astrocytes and neurons. The methanol metabolites cause CNS (Central Nervous System) depression, vision disorders and other symptoms leading ultimately to metabolic acidosis and coma….. Despite intense speculations about the carcinogenicity of aspartame, the latest studies show that its metabolite - diketopiperazine - is cancirogenic in the CNS. It contributes to the formation of tumors in the CNS….

In regards to weight gain….
From Dr. Group’s Global Healing Center

In short, aspartame makes you fat by:
Keeping you hungry 

Preventing you from knowing when you’ve eaten enough 

Increasing your appetite 

Making you crave more sweets 

Deranging fat storage 

In the interest of keeping this article to a reasonable and readable length, I didn’t include more info from Dr. Group’s article.  The article itself is very well sourced and is well worth a read, for those who would like to get more in depth.  A link is provided in the sources at bottom.

From the National Institutes Of Health Regarding Aspartame And Brain Tumors

Evidence potentially implicating aspartame includes an early animal study revealing an exceedingly high incidence of brain tumors in aspartame-fed rats compared to no brain tumors in concurrent controls, the recent finding that the aspartame molecule has mutagenic potential, and the close temporal association (aspartame was introduced into US food and beverage markets several years prior to the sharp increase in brain tumor incidence and malignancy). We conclude that there is need for reassessing the carcinogenic potential of aspartame.

Some of you might be wondering…..if aspartame is so hazardous, then how the heck did it get into the food supply in the first place?

It's a long, murky story, but here are some main points that I find interesting.

What company made Aspartame and brought it to market?

According to wikipedia…

G.D. Searle, LLC is a wholly owned trademark of Pfizer. It is currently used mainly as a distribution trademark for various pharmaceuticals that were developed by G. D. Searle & Company (often referred to as Searle). Prior to its 1985 merger with Monsanto, Searle was a company focusing on life sciences, specifically pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and animal health.

Searle is most notable for having developed the first female birth control pill, and the artificial sweetener NutraSweet.

Hmmmm…..A cancer causing agent (aspartame) and the first birth control pill produced by the same company? I find that to be quite intriguing.    

So when was Aspartame approved to enter the food supply?

Aspartame was approved by the FDA in 1974.  Serious objections were raised by Dr. John Olney shortly after its approval.  According to a report on the FDA’s own website…..

Dr. John W. Olney informed G.D. Searle that aspartic acid caused holes in the brains of mice. G.D. Searle did not inform the FDA of this study until after aspartame's approval. None of the tests submitted by G.D. Searle to the FDA contradicted these findings (Olney 1970, Gordon 1987, page 493 of US Senate 1987).

Another twist to this puzzle is the fact that Donald Rumsfeld served as President and CEO of G.D. Searle from the late 70s to the early 80s.  

To read more in-depth on the aspartame saga, I recommend…..,_LLC

So now the question remains.  Why is aspartame still in the food supply? And why would anyone put it in their body? I invite comments and opinions below.    

Other online resources used for this article 

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Great work and I know this post could have been much longer, bite size chunks are good :)


Thanks. Yeah, volumes of books could be written about aspartame, but all things considered, I think the length I posted is good enough.


Totally agree, there is a time and place for long-winded articles. I now realise how hard it is to restrain yourself from turning every post into an epic. Respect mate, this is a great example of how to do it.

I am so joyed that I didn’t miss this. You unclouded this matter into its bits and bytes and it’s very plain afterwards . Looking forward to more expose in the future. Thanks Mate.


Thanks. Very perceptive of you. I try to break down complex subjects like this into smaller, more digestible "bites". If people want more info, they can follow the links or do more research.

Great place to start! The answer to why it's still in the food supply is simple enough- $$$. It's all part of the depopulation plan... I wouldn't be terribly shocked to see that the Gates Foundation has ties to Searle either.


These scum are all just mining on the people farm for profit. Poisoning us is just thinning the herd in their eyes. This is why we have to take every opportunity to wake others up.


It's all there on the Georgia Guidestones. The Gates & Clinton Foundations were peddling bogus AIDS drugs in Africa... That's where the Great Culling is beginning (all under the watchful eye of the UN)


Yes, well said. Waking people up is the number one reason I write.


Thanks. You hit the nail on the head. Depopulation is definitely a huge part of it. I would add that making the population more mentally "manageable" is also a factor. As for the Gates Foundation.....interestingly enough, at one point Monsanto actually bought G.D. Searle.
And I'm sure you know about Gates involvement with Monsanto.


Now there's a huge surprise-NOT- I figured you were saving Monsanto for a future post... what with all of the GMO's. Also BGH in milk is now the law in most states. I go to a small privately owned dairy for all my dairy products. Fluoride is also great for keeping "folks calm" the Nazis used it on concentration camp inmates. The city council where I live keeps bringing it up for a vote and people flood the meetings.

Another disturbing fact about the Gates Foundation is that Warren Buffet donated almost his entire fortune to it!


Buffet + Gates....."Birds of the same feather, flock together". In this case, the type of bird would be....VULTURE....I guess? Or maybe raven?


I think vulture... Funny isn't it how Buffet is always portrayed as such a great guy, small town values etc. Great guys don't make billions without hurting someone!

I remember reading about aspartame poisening symptoms are similar to MS and often misdiagnosed. This crap has got to get removed from our food. But hey it’s all about that $$$


Yeah, there are a ton of other conditions linked to aspartame. That Huffington Post article I linked to gives lots more info on the subject.

If this weren’t enough to convince you to drop the diet soda habit, the process by which aspartame is made involves a highly toxic and volatile and genetically engineered form of bacteria waste:

Thats right mutant bacteria poo.


Wow! LOL, if I don't laugh, I'll cry. The rabbit hole goes deeper. Thanks for sharing that!


Yeah it is funny in a disturbing, they are killing us, kind of way. lol