Aspartame: not as great as you think
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 19:09
Aspartame is an additive available in numerous soft drinks. The known chemical masquerades as a calorie-free sweetener, known by such names as NutraSweet, Equal and many others.
Because aspartame is 350 times sweeter than natural sugar, it manifests a necessity in the brain for increased sweetness through nutrient consumption.
When aspartame is added to soft drinks, the body becomes addicted, even though there is no nutritional value to the consumption of soft drinks.
Addiction to the sweetener is generated because it increases the uptake of dopamine by the brain’s cells.
Dopamine transmits the signals of reward and happiness within the brain.
Aspartame is rumored to increase weight loss, help maintain weight, and decrease tooth decay.
Manufacturers also claim that aspartame decreases the chance of developing diabetes or obesity. But, in reality, the opposite effect is actually true of all previously mentioned issues.
Several research studies have proven that drinks containing aspartame increase the probability of an individual of an individual developing a serious heart condition. The aspartame will decrease the efficiency and functionality of the heart and all vessels.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, there are 92 reported conditions related to the detrimental effects of aspartame consumption.
Common health complications resulting from aspartame consumption include cancer, certain mental disorders, death of brain cells, headaches, weight gain and increased blood sugar.
Aspartame is especially dangerous because of the carbon within the molecule’s structure that can leave, as the substance is traveling from the small intestine.
The free carbon will then bond with oxygen and four hydrogens, causing it to become Methanol.
Methanol is harmful to the body in certain concentrations, because it is also present in anti-freeze and rocket fuel, along many other man-made chemicals.
Although many ingredient labels on soft drinks do not explicitly express containing aspartame as an ingredient, many soft drinks contain a chemical derived from aspartame that is known as phenylalanine.
Phenylalanine is constructively present as part of aspartame.
Consumption of phenylalanine can be especially life threatening for individuals suffering from a metabolic disorder, preventing the body breaking down and disposing of the chemical appropriately.
This metabolic disorder is known as phenylketonuria. Phenylketonuria occurs because the individual is missing the required enzyme enabling the body to sue phenylalanine.
An enzyme is a protein in the body that increases the rate at which a reaction is able to occur.
If a person is unable to digest phenylalanine, it will build up in their brain, and will ultimately end in that person’s death.
To prevent such an event from happening, an individual must be tested and treated for phenylketonuria within the first 48 to 72 hours of his or her life.
One very important step an individual can take to becoming healthier would be to eliminate all soft drinks and soda from his or her diet, as these drinks do not provide any nutritional value.
Individuals can acquire certain benefits by eliminating soft drinks from their diet. Such benefits include better sleep, stronger bones, decreased sugar intake, weight loss, digestive health, liver health and lowered presence of fat within the blood stream.