Aspartame A Diet Delusion Essay Research Paper

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Aspartame: A Diet Delusion Essay, Research Paper Bitter Sweet Aspartame: A Diet Delusion I have always been a health and weight conscious individual. Because my thyroid does not work, I am automatically prone to weight gain. At the office, I have found my click amongst those sitting around the lunch table with their salads and and diet sodas, rather than leaving the office for a burger and fries. Inspite of my efforts to eat healthy diet and exercise every day, a couple of years ago I began to experience migranes, dizziness, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Of course I visited several internists and finally received a diagnosis of ?Nutra Sweet poisoning? I laid down my diet Pepsi for tea and water, and the problematic symptoms disappeared almost overnight. I also

began loosing extra pounds without changing my quantity of food consumption immediately. Bittersweet aspartame is a diet delusion. Controversy has surrounded aspartame since it?s creation in 1879. On a large scale, the public remains uninformed of the hazards of this popular chemical. Why aren?t people asking ?What is this stuff made of, and why is the FDA forced to put a warning label on every product containing aspartame?? The average diet pop drinker doesn?t realize how much of this chemical he or she is consuming on a daily basis, or the possible effects aspartame toxicity could have on the body. What is it? In 1879, while developing new food preservatives, a young Johns Hopkins chemistry research assistant accidentally discovered that one of the organic compounds he was

testing was intensely sweet. Saccharin he called it, after sakcharon, the Greek word for sugar. He further learned that it passed through the body unchanged and was thus a safe artificial sweetener for diabetics. Food processors, noting that it was 500 to 700 times sweeter than sugar, were able to cut costs by using it. Even Theodore Roosevelt, a diabetic, championed saccharin early on. When, in 1907, the chief of the USDA’s Bureau of Chemistry fretted about the safety of saccharin and wanted it banned from canned foods, Roosevelt was bombastic. “My doctor gives it to me every day. Anybody who says saccharin is injurious to health is an idiot!” Still, saccharin was banned, only to be restored during the sugar-short years of World War I. Available as powders or pills, to say

nothing of in a huge variety of processed foods, saccharin remained popular throughout World War II. Its only drawback was its bitter metallic aftertaste. Food processors licked that problem by combining saccharin with cyclamate, another artificial no caloric sweetener. Then in the 1960s came disturbing news. Two different studies suggested that cyclamate caused cancer in lab rats. Subsequent tests concurred and in 1969 cyclamate was banned. With no other artificial no caloric sweetener available, saccharin use soared. Americans were soon scarfing down 2,500 tons of saccharin a year, most of it from soft drinks. When tests began to suggest that saccharin caused bladder tumors in lab rats, the FDA moved to limit its use. If the protests launched by the Calorie Control Council (a

group that includes saccharin manufacturers and users) weren’t heard around the world, they were clearly audible in the halls of Congress. As a result, saccharin won a reprieve in order that testing might continue, even though some suspected that its continued use was a violation of the Delaney Clause, which bans known carcinogens in food and drink. Already Britain has banned saccharin (except as an at-table sugar substitute) and France permits its use only by prescription. In the United States, saccharin was deleted from the FDA’s generally recognized as safe list in 1972. Since 1977, hazardous-to-your-health warnings not only have had to be posted on every item containing saccharin but must also point out that saccharin “has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory