Tell the FDA to Ban Artificial Sweeteners

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For every 1000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to the FDA asking them to ban the artificial sweetener aspartame until conclusive studies can be done on its effects on human health.

[Update 2/2/17: We have sent first letter to the FDA with 1,000+ of your signatures. We will continue to send letters every 1,000 signatures. Thank you!]

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Introduced into the European food supply 25 years ago, aspartame is in just about “every component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts and chewing gums in many countries around the world.” But no matter its name – AminoSweet, Equal, Splenda, Sweet-N-Low – the artificial sweetener’s health risks have long been debated.

Aspartame has a particularly sketchy history as an artificial substance.

Said to cause neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors and endocrine disruption, among many other health risks, aspartame was banned by the FDA before a Reagan appointee rigged a committee to approve it as a food additive in 1981. Aspartame, which was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who was trying to invent an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug back in 1965, is comprised of two amino acids—methanol and phenylalanine.

But according to some studies, ingesting these chemically produced amino acids can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine causing emotional disorders, such as depression, while methanol is broken down into formaldehyde in the body, which is a toxin. Researchers studied the “adverse effects of aspartame” and found it to “trigger” or “worsen” brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia and diabetes.

Furthermore, the hyper-sweet additive has had adverse effects in the fight against obesity. Research proved that by creating foods with aspartame, it tricks our brains into over consuming and training the brain to crave sweets. Therefore, aspartame is contributing to the obesity problem that many countries face.

As consumers, we need to be aware of the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners and know the heath risks associated with such products. It's time to stop aspartame from entering our foods. Join the fight against artificial sweeteners and tell the FDA to ban aspartame and protect the health of human beings!


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  • Too much natural sugar is NOT good for you but artificial sweeteners are much worse. Many of them are proven to cause problems or haven’t been properly tested. Ben them unless they are proven safe for human consumption.
  • Allan Larsen
  • P. Robinson
  • It is criminal that diabetics must poison themselves in order to drink a soda.
  • Aspartame must be banned!
  • Some authorities now blame our obesity epidemic on artificial sweeteners
  • Twyla Meyer
  • Thank you for taking action on this important matter
  • Sign the petition: Tell the FDA to Ban Artificial Sweeteners http://bullhorn.nationofchange.org/ban_artificial_sweeteners?recruiter_id=68447
  • Kim F Floyd
  • j miedzwiecki
  • Fred Lavy
  • Please, to be credible your argument has to be scientifically correct – I did not doubt your claim of the dangers of Aspartame until I read in your documentation that Aspartame “is comprised of two amino acids—methanol and phenylalanine.” Methanol is an alcohol, NOT an aminoacid – the two aminoacids are Aspartic and Phenylalanine. I do not want to sign your petition, they will laugh at it.

    ADA BELLO
  • Richard Booth

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