Aspartame was discovered in the mid-1960’s by GD Searle, a Chicago drug company. It is also known as, by or under the names Nutrasweet, Equal, Acesulfame Potassium and Aminosweet and is an artificial sweetener/chemical additive. Originally approved in 1974, concerns over deficiencies/inconsistencies in GD Searle tests halted the marketing of Aspartame in dry foods until 1981, despite it being the most contested chemical additive in FDA history due to causation of brain cancer in lab animals. In 1980 the Public Board of Inquiry voted unanimously to reject the use of Aspartame until additional studies could be conducted on its ability to cause potential brain tumors. By 1983 Aspartame was put on the market for consumption and by the following year over 6,900,000 lbs was consumed by Americans. In 1988 80% of volunteered complaints regarding foods and additives dealt with Aspartame products. Please use this article to educate others and know that the ability to avoid Aspartame is within your power, whether by reading the labels of consumer products or questioning the ingredients of prescribed pharmaceuticals/medications for alternatives if possible.
Documentary on Aspartame:
The 92 different health side effects associated with Aspartame:
History of Aspartame:
Full CDC investigation on Aspartame (text):
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