Baby Boomer Health: Diet Drinks are NOT Your Friends!

It’s frightening to see so many people drinking diet sodas thinking they are healthier because they don’t contain sugar. Sugar has become the enemy when in fact, sugar substitutes such as NutriSweet are far more detrimental to health.

If a 6th grade student can prove aspartame that is used in Diet drinks is poisonous, then why is the FDA ignoring it?
Sixth Grade Student Reveals Diet Coke/NutriSweet as Poison in Science Project

In 1997 Jennifer Cohen, an eleven year-old, sixth-grade student in Oradell, New Jersey, conducted an experiment proving aspartame breaks down into deadly neurotoxins when stored. Her results are not surprising to those who are informed on the true nature of aspartame.

Jennifer purchased a new case of Diet Coke from the supermarket. She stored seven cans in the refrigerator, seven cans at room temperature (69 deg.), and seven cans in an incubator at 104 deg. (the daytime temperature in Phoenix Arizona during the summer) for ten weeks. The remaining three cans were tested at Winston Laboratories in New Jersey for aspartame content.

After ten weeks of storage, the experimental cans were taken to the lab for analysis.  The original level of aspartame in the three cans of Diet Coke tested was .06%. The level of aspartame found in the cans stored in the refrigerator was .058% – the missing aspartame turned into .001% DKP and 53.5 parts per billion of formaldehyde. Aspartame levels of the room temperature soda were .051% with DKP levels of .002% and 231 parts per billion of formaldehyde. The aspartame level in the incubator sodas was tested at .026% with .010 % DKP and 76.2 parts per billion formaldehyde.

All samples revealed a presence of formaldehyde. However, the highest level of formaldehyde occurred in the room temperature can. There was also formaldehyde present in the refrigerated sample.

The ingredients in aspartame are aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol is a chemical that breaks down at high temperatures and turns into formaldehyde and DKP (diketopiperazine), two chemicals known to cause problems in the nervous system. Aspartame’s life is 262 days at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, or 25 degrees Celsius.

The FDA gets more complaints about aspartame than any other food or drink.

The cost of testing for Jennifer’s experiment was $1250, a huge sum for a sixth grade student to spend on a science project. If an eleven-year-old is so easily able to prove the poisonous nature of Diet Coke and aspartame, one must look toward Searle/Monsanto and the FDA for answers as to why this poisonous chemical remains on the market.

Aspartame has accounted for more than 75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA. Less than one percent of those who have problems with a product ever report it.

Some reactions reported to the FDA are:
Abdominal Pain, Anxiety Attacks, Arthritis. Asthma, Birth Defects, Brain Cancer, Burning urination, Chest Pain, Coma, Cough, Chronic Fatigue, Confusion, Death, Depression, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Edema, Excessive Thirst/Hunger, Fatigue, Hair Loss, Hearing Loss, Headaches, Hives, Hyperglycemia, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Impotency, Insomnia, Irritability, Itching, Joint Pain, Marked Personality Changes, Memory Loss, Menstrual Problems, Migraines, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Numbness, Rash, Seizures, Tremors, Vision Loss, and Weight Gain.

I personally opt for sugar – organic Rapadura sugar, unbleached, unrefined and still containing the original natural vitamins and minerals. This deliciously pure golden-colored sugar is not separated from the molasses stream during processing unlike refined sugars. Simply substitute 1 cup of Rapadura for 1 cup of white sugar in all of your recipes.

If you would like more information on aspartame toxicity, watch the video “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” and listen to interviews with victims, doctors, lawyers and activists. 

 Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World

I have shown this eye-opening video during some of my nutrition presentations.  It continues to be a mind-blowing experience for viewers, some of whom never again touch another diet soda.

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