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What’s Lurking in Your Chewing Gum? – Aspartame

Posted May 27 2011 12:00am

I do not regularly chew gum, but sometimes, I like to chew gum.  Whenever I buy chewing gum, I usually buy it from a health food store.

I was in a store (not a health food store) picking up a few items and while standing in the checkout line, I thought I wanted some chewing gum.

Note, ‘I thought’ I wanted some chewing gum.  It is a habit for me to read the labels and I read the labels.

To my surprise every package of chewing gum I picked up, had aspartame listed in the ingredients.

I know the man behind me must have thought I was crazy.  Because at one point, I said out loud, “They all have aspartame, wow?”

Once I discovered that every package of chewing gum I checked had aspartame listed in the ingredients, I did not buy any chewing gum.

I know aspartame is in many food products, but chewing gum, come on!

I have a relative who drinks diet coke like it is going out of style, need I say more.

Today, you will learn about aspartame.

What is Aspartame?

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

It was first sold under the brand name NutraSweet; since 2009 it has also been sold under AminoSweet.

Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company.  He was testing an antiulcer drug at the time and accidentally discovered aspartame.

Make Reading Labels a Priority

Aspartame is in many food products.  I accidentally discovered aspartame in chewing gum.  None of the chewing gum I picked up was sugar-free.  Well, I was not intentionally looking for sugar-free chewing gum.

Aspartame is in many pre-packed foods including some laxatives and multivitamins.  If you see aspartame listed as an ingredient, leave it on the shelf.  Find a healthier alternative.

Side Effects of Aspartame

Excess aspartame slowly destroys neurons (nerve cells) because it is an excitatory amino acid.  Aspartame as an excitotoxin.

Excitotoxins excite or stimulate the neural cells to death.  Long-term exposure to an excitotoxin cause side effects and possibly chronic illnesses.

A Few Disorders Resulting with Aspartame
  • Birth Defects
  • Cancer (Brain Cancer)
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Epilepsy/Seizures

It is very important that you read the ingredient labels.  You never know what you will find after reading an ingredient label.  Take charge of your health and be an informed consumer.

Your health is your wealth!

If you are unable to view the above video, please click here .
Aspartame: The Dangers and Side Effects (Part 2 of Video)

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