Is Aspartame Linked to Memory Loss?

Is Aspartame Linked to Memory Loss?

Jessica just finished her third can of diet soda.  Because of work pressure, she also consumes not less than three cups of coffee per day.  But nothing to worry, she tells herself, as she consumes everything that’s sugar free.  As a diet-conscious career woman, she relies on diet coke, artificial sugar sweeteners like Equal and other diet crackers and gums.

If you are a diet freak like Jessica and you consume various diet products every day, then watch out; you may have started suffering from memory loss. Worse, you may have been placed in the world’s longest death list.  The majority of the diet products you consume contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, and can be found in over 9,000 food products.  It was approved as a food additive in 1981 and for use in diet sodas in 1983.  It is present in frozen desserts, diet sodas, coffee, and juices and even in vitamins. Aspartame is 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol.

Studies have shown that the components of aspartame are deadly.  When stored for a long period, phenylalanine decomposes into diketopiperazine, a known carcinogen.  Aspartic was used in an experiment, and was found to have caused holes in the brains of mice.  Methanol, on the other hand, is a toxin which, when stored in cool temperature, gives rise to formaldehyde in the body.  Formaldehyde, in layman’s term, is the fluid used for embalming dead people.  Picture that in your system, if you are an aspartame user.

There are two schools of thought on the effects of the contents of aspartame.

Pro-aspartame doctors say that the ingredients of aspartame are safe.

However, anti-aspartame scientists claim that phenylalanine can be harmless only when taken with other substances containing amino acids.  If taken alone, it has neurotoxic effects which cause memory loss, seizures, headaches, and stomach disorders.  But not all aspartame users die immediately.  They suffer.

The Environmental Protection Agency said aspartame, which is absorbed in the blood as methanol, is safe provided the consumption does not exceed a minimum amount per day.  The bad news:  a liter of diet soda, containing aspartame, can contain as much as 56 milligram of methanol, way beyond the minimum safe level.  Add to that the various diet products with aspartame which you consume daily and you have a toxic cocktail!

Too much aspartame in the brain kills neurons that’s why they are called excitotoxins—they excite the brain cells to death.  Imagine what would happen to your memory if most of the brain cells used to store them are killed by aspartame.  Experts say aspartame is dangerous per se but it is more hazardous to those who have diabetes and hypertension, those who smoke, infants, pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding.  Experts also claim that continued use of aspartame may cause multiple sclerosis, birth defects, mental retardation and diabetes.

But why is aspartame so widely-used despite the dangerous contents?

Majority of the people believe that since it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, then it is safe.   Other groups like the FDA and the American Council on Science and Health deny the alleged adverse effects of aspartame and claim that it is one of the most thoroughly-tested drugs in the United States.

Anti-aspartame groups are, however, questioning the approval of the substance, despite the prior eight-year approval suspension because of the adverse effects of aspartame.   The warning issued against the use of aspartame products fell on deaf ears, particularly for those who are diet conscious as they believe that diet products containing aspartameme, can control weight. Experts however claim the contrary, saying aspartame can cause weight gain because two of its components, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, encourage the release of insulin.  The release of insulin in the bloodstream however removes all the glucose, thereby causing sugar cravings.  Imagine how exposed everyone is to aspartame-containing products.  Equal (sugar substitute particularly used by those who have diabetes) is regularly served by hotels and restaurants for coffee drinkers.  Aspartame is even found in juices and jellies that you buy for your children.

While there are two sides to the issue about aspartame, what would it hurt the owners Monsanto, if they have the substance re-tested to quell the increasing fears about the product?

 

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27 Comments

    1. Darlene

      Stevia is from the stevia plant. It is all natural. Read labels because there are some stevia products on the market that have other ingrediants.

    1. Karen

      No- Splenda is made from natural sugar. I always got headaches when using Equal or sweeteners made with the ingredient
      aspartame. After reading how aspartame had a side effect of headaches, I stopped using it–several days later, my headache(s)
      went away. After about a week going without it, I did the experiment- started using aspartame again- yep. Headache returned.
      Stay away from it, headache or not. It is bad ‘stuff’.

  1. MelodicPlayer Reply

    And WHAT scientifc research studies were cited in this article? What Journals Of Medicine? Or Clinical Trials? …oh yes, NONE!

  2. MelodicPlayer Reply

    “Reality: This artificial sweetener, marketed under such brand names as Nutrasweet and Equal, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in all foods and beverages in 1996. Since approval, concerns about aspartame’s health effects have been raised.
    According to the FDA, as of May 2006, the agency had not been presented with ANY scientific evidence that would lead to change its conclusions on the safety of aspartame for most people. The agency says its conclusions are based on more than 100 laboratory and clinical studies.”
    SOURCE: http://m.alz.org/myths.asp

    ….HAS THIS DISCLAIMER SINCE BEEN RECANTED/REVISED BY THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOC?

  3. Peter Reply

    Ive been consuming and chewing a large amount of astpatame containing products for over 30 years and I cant remember whether they have affected my memory or not.

    1. Karen

      You can’t ‘remember’ if it has affected your memory or not………….’can’t remember’-
      Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  4. Cristina Johnson Reply

    I am a 45 year old female and have noticed a great change in my memory. I seem to have greater memory loss the last few days and as I was sitting this morning I remembered that I will go from having a very good memory to a diminishing memory and I thought what’s the contributing factor that causes the change. Then I realized that as soon as I started drinking my diet coke again my memory loss has increased. I will often go on and off again on my diet coke and I am really realizing it is because of the diet coke , as soon as I start drinking it again my memory loss enhances

    1. Wayne

      Thank you for sharing this Cristina. I drink about 6+ cokes a day. I believe this is affecting my memory.

    2. Joy

      My sister has always endured in 4-6 cans a day. She can’t remember anything and now suffers from seizures. She’s in a convelesent hospital and is doing better. But as soon as she goes home,back to the same thing. And then back to hospital.and over again.

  5. Kaz Chad Reply

    I’ve come across this site as I googled if aspartame could be having an effect on my memory. I often drink over a litre of diet coke a day. My memory is becoming increasingly poor. I’ve started to wonder if I had dementia but then tbought of aspartame. I wonder if the damage is irreversible or will imorove if drinks are stopped?

  6. MARY Reply

    Better stop sooner than later.
    I started drinking Snapple diet tea and was unable to bring up my former landlady’s last name or her husband’s last name, and he was a famous pro football player. Also couldn’t recall why I was going to the Div of Motor Vehicles.

  7. HORNET Reply

    I drink a ridiculous amount of diet coke a day and have for years. Probably 100 ounces a day?? I have significant memory loss and only 48. My memory issues started about 7 years ago. I have decided to quit cold turkey. It might not bring my memories back but maybe I won’t lose anymore. I have trouble with names and math in my head.

  8. Kim Z. Reply

    My mom was drinking a lot of coffee when I was younger and was adding Equal in it which contained aspertame. She did this as a diet measure to lose weight. She started having seizures and doctors couldnt figure out why. When she stopped using aspartame the seizures stopped. 20 years later mom has full blown Alzheimers. Please read labels and dont ingest this poison.

  9. Koukla Reply

    FAKE NEWS!!!!

    Shame on you for having this false information in you site! Aspartame is NOT dangerous and does NOT cause memory loss. If you’re going to be writing information ensure that it is based on scientific evidence not other people’s opinions

  10. Scott Swanson Reply

    Please – this is junk science.

    Read the disclaimers in the Harvard article section “Of course, there’s more to the story”. They summarize my objections much better than I can.

    Insufficient Sleep, Lack of Exercise, Smoking, and Poor Diet are 100% correlated to memory loss. Why do people conveniently ignore these ACTUAL REAL causes of memory loss?

    There are many other sweeteners besides aspartame available. However, it is worth noting that Stevia (Truvia) has not been required to have any health testing done since it falls under the category of health supplements.

    The “natural food source being healthier” aspect is bunk. Remember that Strychnine is natural too (obtained from the plants Strychnos nux-vomica and Strychnos ignatii).

    So Just Drink Water.

    Oh Wait – that has worse crap in it – but that’s another rant.

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