You may be getting hidden doses of aspartame in unsuspecting food sources. This artificial sweetener is hidden in candies, cookies, softdrinks, snack foods and other processed foods without direct labeling. It is used in artificial sweeteners such as Equal or NutraSweet. It can also be labeled within the ingredients paragraph by other non-specific nomenclature.
Aspartame is created with the use of Monsanto’s genetically modified bacteria. Among a host of health repurcussions such as cancer and neurological symptoms from its ingestion, it has particularly come under fire for having “excitoxic” effects.
Excitotoxins stimulate and the cells to overproduce response chemicals thus exhausting them and causing them to die out prematurely. The brain is particularly sensitive to these excitotoxins. This can be of major concern when considering the affect this sweetener may have on the developing brains of young children.
Aspartame is addictive. The more you use, the more your body forms a chemical dependency. When used regularly, aspartame use can be hard to break.
Again, in studies, aspartame has been strongly linked to tumor formation and severe neurological disorders. This sweetener may be one you will wish to fastidiously avoid. Be aware of hidden sources of aspartame, and minimize your intake as much as possible. Some of the better alternatives include natural, organic Stevia.