There are no double-blind studies needed to show that methanol, the third ingredient in aspartame, is bad for you (actually, they’re quite a few like this one on formaldehyde and formic acid metabolism and this one on science abuse in methanol testing in aspartame).
We know that ingested methanol is unstable in the human body and converts to the class A poison formaldehyde (the principle ingredient in embalming fluid). This formaldehyde also converts to formic acid, another potent toxin that can depress the central nervous system.
The justification for claiming methanol in aspartame is actually safe is that it may also occur in fruit juices (though this seems to have been debunked by Dr. Bowen on aspartame and methanol).
The difference is, even if there were methanol in fruit juice, the naturally occurring pectin and ethyl alcohol are counteracting agents. There are no such counteracting substances for the free methanol in aspartame as it is metabolized to formaldehyde and formic acid.
Regardless of where else proponents of aspartame may point to methanol being, this still doesn’t answer the key question – could free methanol derived from aspartame and its toxic metabolites formaldehyde and formic acid do damage in the human body? Could this damage, even though small per dose, have a cumulative effect over time, especially with the amount of diet soda many people drink each day?
Formaldehyde in your Soda
Formaldehyde is a poison right up there with arsenic and cyanide. This is well known. It is metabolized from methanol in the body when you drink diet soda or eat/chew some aspartame laced sugar-free junk. This is also well known. I haven’t seen manufacturers really denying this. They just tell you that it’s at ‘safe levels’.
Formaldehyde is a toxic substance that damages both our central nervous system and our immune system. It may cause permanent genetic damage and may also be carcinogenic. Studies also show that formaldehyde may accumulate in our cells and react with our DNA. Is this really something you want running around in your body at any level?
So let’s pause for a minute and get our head around all of this. Alongside all the phosphoric acid; the ammonia-sulfite caramel coloring (with recent cancer concerns); the adrenal stressing caffeine; and the excitotoxic free amino acids potentially damaging the brain and nervous system; the makers of diet colas thought it was a good idea to add unstable methanol wood alcohol to the mix (that’s the stuff from the hardware store that too far gone derelicts drink to rot their brains and go blind). This methanol then converts to formaldehyde, the embalming fluid and the formic acid, the poison that ants use to sting us with.
Aspartame and The Agency
It gets better. The agency that is supposed to protect us from this kind of junk thought it was a good idea to approve aspartame for general use. They based this approval on industry funded research while studiously ignoring the larger weight of contradictory independent aspartame research. Later on, despite even more serious scientific concerns, they approved it for use in products heated above 86°F, where the free methanol in aspartame can be clearly demonstrated to increase.
Incidentally, what’s the temperature inside your stomach? Usually around 98°F. A good deal higher than the 86°F needed to increase free methanol in aspartame, but that seems have to escaped them as well.
For a final finger in the air, the head of that same agency who thought it was such a good idea to approve aspartame for us all (he actually overruled the board of inquiry he appointed to look into the dangers of aspartame), left the agency to go and work for, guess who, the marketers of aspartame. I guess he must have really liked it. I wonder if he would have fed it to his own children though?
Diet Soda and Aspartame Experiences
What’s your experiences with diet sodas, sugar-free products and aspartame? Have you ever tried giving them up? I’d really appreciate hearing about it. I don’t really have a lot of time for any ‘I drink diet coke and I’m fine’ type comments though. Our bodies deal with many toxins everyday, some bodies better than others. This doesn’t make a toxin fine.
There’s no argument to be made for aspartame being beneficial for the human body. It’s made from known poisons. Small amounts maybe. Maybe small enough that you can currently handle them without obvious ill effect (yet?). But every body will eventually have its limits and who’s to say your next can of diet soda or sugar-free junk isn’t the straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Aspartame Studies – Independent Versus Vested Interest
Aspartame proponents will be quick to point to studies exonerating aspartame. Interesting background to those. There have been over 70 studies funded by Monsanto and other companies with vested interest in keeping the status quo (remember, this is billions of dollars worth of vested interest). Unsurprisingly, every single one of those studies came back positive.
What of the many more aspartame studies by independent researchers? A survey of these found the majority indicated health problems with aspartame. The agency must of missed those ones I guess. Read this article on aspartame’s approval process if you really want to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Next we’ll look at whether diet products with aspartame actually help you lose weight. After all the potentially health damaging effects you’d want to hope so wouldn’t you?
If you’re ready to stop drinking diet soda and replace it with far healthier alternatives, ahead is a three step plan for giving up diet soda which could be one of the most important things you ever do for your health and energy.