the methyl ester of the dipeptide of the natural amino acids L-aspartic acid
and L-phenylalanine. This is why early marketing efforts described it as
made from natural amino acids. Aspartame (also marketed as Equal and
NutraSweet) is 180 times sweeter than common white table sugar. After you
ingest it in your body, aspartame breaks down in various chemicals These
chemicals include aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, and further
including formaldehyde, formic acid, and a diketopiperazine.
Did you see formaldehyde listed above? That can't be good. In fact,
aspartame was criticized in the 1980's by various groups as a suspected
cause of brain cancer.
many have heard that aspartame causes everything from headaches to seizures,
and most health food stores avoid products sweetened with aspartame,
aspartame is composed of two amino acids found in any health food store,
Aspartic Acid and Phenylalanine only these are altered by man.. There is a
condition known as phenylketonuria (PKU), a congenital condition that makes
it impossible for the body to metabolize phenylalanine. If an individual
with PKU ingests aspartame, or pure phenylalanine for that matter, they do
run serious risks. Toxic compounds accumulate in the body and lead to nerve
damage and, in some cases, severe brain damage.