If so, it can stop your journey to wellness dead in its tracks. “What exactly IS aspartame?” you ask? Funny you should ask….

You consume it regularly, everyone around you does as well; interestingly enough you have all heard it is bad for you yet you still don’t think twice about buying that diet soda, pack of gum or breath mints.

O.k ., so now you’re wondering since you came across this article will you actually find out what Aspartame is and WHY it is bad for you (Do research on sucralose too). The answer is yes! I will shed a little light on this but encourage you all as always to do your own research on this, being aware of agendas and sites promoting it as they may very well be connected to a product containing it or cashing in on the sickness it can be lined too.

I am going to keep this short, again to encourage you to do your own research.

Aspartame was discovered “accidentally” in 1965 while James Schlatter and others were working on an ulcer medication. As he was recrystallizing the chemical he licked his fingers to pick up a piece of paper and noticed how sweet the taste was.

Many years later it was slowly introduced into our foods.

There are three main chemicals in Aspartame:
Aspartic acid:

The FDA, although approving and promoting Aspartame, has reported several side effects of aspartic acid such as migraines, nausea, insomnia and vision problems.

Aspartate basically acts as a neurotransmitter aiding in transmission of information from neuron to neuron ; however too much can lead to the above side effects and even killing the neurons.


Phenylalanine is actually an amino acid but over consuming it can raise the natural levels in the blood and in turn lead to decreased levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which can cause mood swings, depression and even seizures.


Methanol, yes, wood alcohol, is the other main chemical that makes up aspartame. Methanol literally turns into, are you ready for this? FORMALDEHYDE in the body! (Is anyone thirsty for diet cola now?). As one could expect, this isn’t really good for us and also has been known to cause vertigo and migraines as well.

So, as you can see, like so many other “great products” out there, the list of side effects is CRAZY and does more harm than good.

Hope this encourages you all to do some more research on what you are feeding your bodies and your families…

God Bless,

Colin Sexton


About Colin Sexton

I am a Fitness Specialist and Life Coach with a passion for nutrition, fitness and wellness as well as helping others make ANY positive changes to their life and lifestyle. Positive, permanent change by continued learning, regular nutrition and wellness practice which include: finances, fitness, family, friends, faith, freedom, following and fun!
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