Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame (the full name is aspartylphenylalanine) is a synthetic sweeter that is marketed as a low calorie product and is often used ostensibly in conjunction with diabetes management and weight loss. The controversial sugar substitute is sold as NutriSweet, Equal and Aminosweet and is an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products worldwide.

Aspartame contains only 4 calories per gram and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common table sugar). The artificial sweetener is highly touted by big food as ‘safe for human consumption’ and is commonly found in foods and drinks like diet sodas, chewing gum, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice (like Tropicana), yogurt, and sugarless candy.

The sweetener was discovered by chance when two substances were mixed together and inadvertently ingested. It is a synthetic compound of phenylalanine and aspartic acid and 10 percent of its molecular structure is methanol (methyl alcohol or wood … Read the rest

Monsanto Vs. Health

Monsanto Vs. Health

The most popular weed killer in the United States, Roundup, has been under fire recently as its main ingredient is allegedly causing cancer in thousands of its long-term users. Glyphosate, the active ingredient causing so much turmoil, was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015. Since this announcement, thousands of consumers who developed various cancers have raced to find legal counsel to fight the manufacturer in court. 

Roundup manufacturer and agrochemical giant Monsanto was bought by Bayer AG in June 2018 for around $66 billion. Since then, Bayer has faced three high-profile courtroom losses against consumers who have each developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and blame Roundup for their diagnoses. Two of the cases resulted in over $70 million payouts, and in the most recent case, more than $2 billion. Bayer has announced that it will appeal all three losses as it … Read the rest