Aspartame and MSG

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Functional Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments


A 2008 study at the University of Minnesota linked diet soda to metabolic syndrome.  According to the study, consuming diet drinks increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 34 percent.  Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet or Equal, was approved for use in food in 1981, and is the sweetener used in diet drinks and most diet food.  It was developed by G. D. Searle Pharmaceuticals, a company purchased by Monsanto in 1983.  Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA.

Aspartame and MSG act in the body as neurotransmitters, and an overabundance destroys neurons by triggering free radicals, which kill the cells.  Because we use only a small portion of our brain cells, a large majority of cells must be damaged in a particular area before symptoms are present.  However researchers have found a correlation between aspartame consumption and migraine headaches, fatigue, depression, and memory loss. Aspartame should be avoided in light of the huge spike in neurological disease—multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

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