3. What goes in isn’t what comes out.
Since it’s a foreign substance, the body tries to metabolize aspartame as best it can. The three chemicals that make up aspartame are aspartic acid, methanol, and phenylalanine, which are all toxic in their own right. Once combined, like the Musketeers, the three pose an even greater threat.
Aspartic acid is a non-essential fatty acid neurotransmitter that the body produces on its own. The form found in aspartame, however, isn’t produced by the body. Ingestion of the manufactured variety has implications for the brain and nervous system. The methanol converts to formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. Phenylalanine can cause severe allergic reactions.
“In the literature reviewed by the Organizing Team it has been observed that the metabolites of aspartame (aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol) could affect the metabolism of endogenous and exogenous compounds.”
4. Aspartame is made from bacteria waste.
E. coli bacteria—which can be deadly to humans—are used to produce aspartame. Manufactured by Monsanto, E. coli are genetically modified, cultured and cultivated to create the aspartic acid and phenylalanine components of aspartame. Their waste is further processed and combined with methanol to form the finished product.
With all the questions surrounding aspartame and all the gruesome details available for all to see, surely there are sweeter options.