Perhaps the most tragic story concerning the artificial sweetener, aspartame, has come to light in the UK with a teenager’s recent death.
Many people are not aware, but aspartame is an artificial (and genetically modified) sweetener created by altering bacteria. Some research and numerous reports suggest that along with flavoring, it also comes with some unwanted health consequences, including headaches, moodiness, and more. Dr. Mercola has called it “by far the most dangerous food additive on the market” accounting for an inordinate amount of reported adverse health reactions to food.
G.D. Searle Company created aspartame more than 50 years ago, but it was approved to be added to food in the 1980s. You may also recognize aspartame by other names, like NutraSweet, Equal, and Equal Measure.
In 1985, biotechnology company Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and divided up Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company into separate subsidiaries. Though Monsanto hasn’t directly sold aspartame for more than ten years, the company was key in making sure it was passed through for regulatory approval. Donald Rumsfeld was Monsanto’s helper in making sure this toxic GM substance was unleashed on an unsuspecting public.