Aspartame could be the cause. Please read on and see if you should avoid it. The education side of it is NOT going to hurt you. 🙂
Aspartame is essentially a non-caloric artificial sweetener which is 160-200 times sweeter than sucrose (sugar), that has a clean sweet taste with slower onset and a prolonged sweet aftertaste.
Found in 9,000+ products from low joule to pharmaceuticals including desserts, dessert toppings, dessert mixes, topping mixes, fillings, filling mixes, bakery products and mixes (encapsulated aspartame), dry mixes for dairy products, frozen desserts, soft drinks, beverage concentrates, tea beverages, cereals, sugar preserves, confectionery, sugar-free syrups, jams and jellies, purées, sauces, confectionery glazes, products, vinegar, pickles, salad dressings, condiments, fruit and vegetable and nut products and spreads, chewing gum, emulsions, breath mints and chewable vitamins.
It is the most complained about food additive accounting for 75% of all complaints to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
Diet drinks containing it are banned for U.S. Airforce pilots and commercial pilots are told to avoid it.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has stated on their website that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expects to finalise a review by May 2013. They have launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame. To carry out this full risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken an in-depth review of peer-reviewed scientific and other literature on aspartame and its breakdown products, including new human studies.
Why don’t FSANZ complete their own studies and inform Australia and New Zealand of their specific findings? We wonder if that would be a good thing? Until that day we still recommend to avoid Aspartame and will bring you the final review when it is released.
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