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Is aspartame harmful?

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Answered 2013-07-16 05:19:57

People aren't really sure. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener,and it is a common stereotype that artificial sweeteners cause cancer. Aspartame, specifically, has had some scares with that belief. However, there is no known link between Aspartame and cancer.

Some have claimed that Aspartame causes headaches. This may be true, but many foods have been shown to give certain people headaches. These foods include cheese, red wine, and chocolate. Basically what I'm saying is, there are so many dietary triggers for headaches and migraines, that just because a food causes them doesn't mean they should be considered harmful.

Anyway, getting back on point, it isn't known whether or not aspartame is a harmful component to ingest. If you've had bad experiences with it, then you probably should try to avoid it, but if you haven't, there's no real reason not to consume it in rational amounts.

AnswerAspartame is definitely harmful. There are over 92 side effects and reactions associated with it - [too long to put here] (See website, and it has been definitely linked to cancers (see "Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study" @ . However, accepting these adverse reports would affect cause Profits to drop, and create huge litigation costs.

There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption. ...

Aspartame dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit within any tissue. ...

Aspartame Side EffectsThe components of aspartame can lead to a number of health problems, as you have read. Side effects can occur gradually, can be immediate, or can be acute reactions.


Adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame include:


blindness in one or both eyes

decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision

pain in one or both eyes

decreased tears

trouble with contact lenses

bulging eyes


tinnitus - ringing or buzzing sound

severe intolerance of noise

marked hearing impairment


epileptic seizures

headaches, migraines and (some severe)

dizziness, unsteadiness, both

confusion, memory loss, both

severe drowsiness and sleepiness

paresthesia or numbness of the limbs

severe slurring of speech

severe hyperactivity and restless legs

atypical facial pain

severe tremors


severe depression




personality changes




palpitations, tachycardia

shortness of breath

recent high blood pressure



diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools

abdominal pain

pain when swallowing

Skin and Allergies:-

itching without a rash

lip and mouth reactions


aggravated respiratory Allergies such as asthma

Endocrine and Metabolic:-

loss of control of diabetes

menstrual changes

marked thinning or loss of hair

marked weight loss

gradual weight gain

aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

severe PMS


frequency of voiding and burning during urination

excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating

increased susceptibility to infection

Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all:-


irreversible brain damage

birth defects, including mental retardation

peptic ulcers

aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets

hyperactivity in children

severe depression

aggressive behavior

suicidal tendencies

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:-

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Post-Polio Syndrome

Lyme Disease

Grave's Disease

Meniere's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease



Multiple Sclerosis (MS)



Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings





Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

In short, don't touch it.

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