According to Natural News, over a billion people consume aspartame in their foods and beverages across the world, believing it to be a safe ingredient, but what they probably don't know is that aspartame currently accounts for over 75% of all side effect complaints received by the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) for the past four years. It is banned by health-conscious countries all over the world, especially where there is a national healthcare system in place.
Aspartame is best known by the brand names NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful. Aspartame is a synthetic chemical combination which is comprised of approximately 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol. Aspartame is found in thousands of foods, drinks, candy, gum, vitamins, health supplements and even pharmaceuticals.
Each of the three ingredients in aspartame poses its own dangers, and each is well documented as causing a long list of side effects and dangerous health conditions. Watch for the ingredient acesulfame potassium, which is another artificial sweetener similar to aspartame.
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Monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance their flavor. This salt version of glutamic acid is an amino acid that the body can produce on its own, but the MSG we find on store shelves is processed and comes from fermented sugar beets. Because this kind of MSG is processed, it can cause many adverse reactions, including skin rashes, itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, depression and even seizures (http://www.msgtruth.org/migraine.htm).
Since MSG acquired its infamous reputation for causing migraines, the food industry has given it new names and new forms, including autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, monopotassium glutamate and textured protein. Consumers who are watching out for monosodium glutamate in long ingredients lists usually don't know the aliases, but they should.
Many gluten-free foods still contain MSG, aspartame, sorbitol, sucralose, maltodextrin, GMO corn sugar and other genetically modified additives that pollute and clog up the digestive tract and cause central nervous system disorders and ailments. The buck doesn't stop with the term "gluten-free." Consumers need to read the labels and know the food toxins that still invade these so called "healthy food" diets. Yes, gluten-free is a good start for people who have digestive issues, especially people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's, diverticulitis, acid reflux, constipation and celiac disease, but there is much more to it than just filtering out gluten. Let's take a look at what gluten does to the body and then take an inside look at how the media downplays it.
Take for instance Quaker's "Popped" rice snacks - specifically, the "sweet chili" flavor. The ingredients list includes hydrolyzed soy and corn protein, monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin, soy sauce, yeast extract and sucralose, just to list the GMO ingredients! MSG and artificial sweeteners can damage the central nervous system and are all genetically modified. Synthetic food warps your cells and fuels cancer and tumor development. Pesticides and herbicides in the soy and corn protein (like Monsanto's RoundUp) break down the human immune system by eliminating good gut bacteria; this is the number one cause of disease and disorder.
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