Now that we have looked at some of the contentious research, the blog will now look into the alleged side effects. As I stated in my introduction, this blog seeks to raise awareness so that individuals can make up their own minds. Following from this, I believe that the readers should be aware of the gravity of the harm they may suffer if they are convinced of the aforementioned research which shows that aspartame may be harmful.
The following is based on the research posted by the Mercola health website. As stated in the last post, there can be an excess of acids which can adversely affect the brain. This is particularly harmful for children as the “blood brain barrier” is not fully developed – and even when it is, it does not protect all parts of the brain. This excess leads to the destruction of neurons with the following consequences:
Indeed, “aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.” The aforementioned side effects also result from an excess of asparatic acid. However, as with the previous post, these consequences are not uniformly accepted. According to a metastudy published in 2002:
When all the research on aspartame, including evaluations in both the premarketing and postmarketing periods, is examined as a whole, it is clear that aspartame is safe, and there are no unresolved questions regarding its safety under conditions of intended use.
However, as Mercola and Italian research shows, this is far from certain. Perhaps the the most daunting consequence is cancer which is apparently what the Italian scientists found. However, as stated this has not be confirmed by the regulatory bodies in UK, EU and the US.
For a longer list of possible side effects, please click “Continue Reading..”