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A Complete List Of All The Side Effects Of Aspartame

A Complete List Of All The Side Effects Of Aspartame

Several complaints from consumers of aspartame have been identified. Discover the list of side effects of this sweetener that divides the experts. Aspartame belongs to the family of excitotoxins. It is a sweetener used as an additive especially for light products under the code E951. As a much cheaper raw material than real sugar, it is widely used in many products.

Side Effects Of Aspartame

Aspartame is made up of several molecules, including phenylalanine and aspartic acid. It is considered to present risks in the event of phenylketonuria, a rare disease which hinders the digestion of phenylalanine present in this sweetener which is moreover contraindicated for patients.

Widely used in the food industry
While sweeteners are supposed to replace sugars to avoid harms, they have invaded the market because of the limited caloric intake they represent. Aspartame, one of the most widely used sweeteners, was discovered in 1965 before being marketed for the first time ten years later. In France, it only appeared in 1981, and critics and alerts have been flowing ever since about its potential health risks for consumers, dividing experts according to Figaro Santé.

A professor of food toxicology, stresses the need to be cautious and to reduce the acceptable daily dose of sweeteners: “the current daily dose is so high that it gives no real limit, you can drink liters and liters of soda with aspartame every day without ever reaching it. ”.

A wide spectrum of effects 
According to our colleagues in Health Passport, the harmful effects of aspartame identified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are multiple. According to the American agency, 92 of them have been counted since 1995 given the many complaints that have been made:

- Hyperventilation, tachycardia, and asthma as well as other types of heart or respiratory problems;
- Convulsions;
- A dysfunction in the regulation of blood sugar leading to hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia;
- Sudden weight loss or anorexia especially in young people;
- Osteoporosis and joint pain;
- Pain and urinary tract infections;
- A specific hormonal imbalance in women;
- bloating in the stomach;
- A drop or visual disturbances;
- Aggravated clinical signs for certain diseases and degenerations: arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, lupus, diabetes and diabetic complications, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, lymphoma, birth defects, Lyme disease (mainly caused by a tiny parasite );
- Chronic fatigue;
- A ruptured aneurysm or strokes that can cause death;
- Overweight;
- Hair loss or baldness;
- Dizziness and tremors;
- Migraines and memory loss;
- Cognitive difficulties, especially attentional difficulties, as well as slurred speech.
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
- Psychological disorders such as depression and irritability;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Problems with hypertension;
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea;
- rashes, itching or hives;
- Pain and cramps.

According to some experts, links between aspartame and some of these signs have been demonstrated in several animal studies while scientists continue to test risks in humans. For the time being, the effects are only registered with consumers and our colleagues also report that there are more than 2,600 effects recorded in the United States.

The health Agencies explain this by sensitivities to this product which is not necessarily responsible for it. It is for this same reason that it is essential in case of health problems to consult your doctor.