Most of us chew gum on a daily basis, I know I do especially when I’m sitting in a long meeting and boredom hits, chewing a piece of gum usually keeps me awake. I have noticed that I get headaches when I chew sugar-free gum. I never really paid any attention to the labels until a few weeks ago and I notice that they all (sugar-free gum) have one ingredient in common. Aspartame.
Aspartame was first used to treat ulcers; it was not created to be an alternative sweetener. It has been linked to headaches and seizures, but headaches are the most common side effect. When aspartame breaks down in the body the byproducts are:
- aspartic acid ( an excitotoxin; stimulates hyperactive behaviors)
- methanol ( poisonous free radical, deadly neurotoxin, carcinogen)
- formaldehyde ( embalming fluid to keep bodies preserved after death)
- formic acid
Aspartame can be found in food products that are advertised as low-calorie or sugar-free and include the following:
Cookies and candy bars that are made for diabetics
Cough candies, drops, and syrups
Some common adverse reactions to aspartic acid are:
Too much phenylalanine causes:
Elevated blood plasma levels
Can cause birth defects in children (when used by pregnant women)
Severe mood swings.