Advantame – the “New & Improved” Artificial Sweetener, Approved by FDA

FAIL!  Advantame – the “New and Improved” Artificial Sweetener

By  Deane Alban

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Artificial sweeteners have always been bad news for your health. They are suspected of causing many serious health problems including memory loss, brain tumors, and Alzheimer’s.

Ironically, they aren’t making us any thinner, either!

The US Food & Drug Administration recently announced their approval of a new artificial sweetener –  Advantame. Since it’s made from aspartame  (a known neurotoxin and carcinogen) there is no reason to believe this latest sweetener will be any better for your health,  your waistline, or your brain function.

Let’s take a look at what is known about this new “high intensity” sweetener.

Advantame “Benefits”

Advantame is the brainchild of the Ajinomoto Group.  This Japanese company produces most of the world’s MSG and is also the major supplier of aspartame,  both known neurotoxins.

They thought they could improve on aspartame, so by adding the artificial flavor vanillin they developed a “new and improved” version called Advantame.

Here are the reported “benefits” of Advantame:

1) It’s 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. By comparison, aspartame, sucralose and saccharin range from 200 to 700 times sweeter than table sugar.  “High-intensity” (not “artificial” sweetener) is now the preferred industry term.

artificial sweeteners compared

Data courtesy of  Wikipedia.com

2) It does not break down when exposed to high heat. It has been approved for use in baked goods, soft drinks, frozen desserts, and the like – foods that have little place in a healthy diet anyway.

3) According to the manufacturer, it has a “clean, sweet taste very similar to aspartame”. As if that’s a selling point…

Study Results

According to the FDA, 37 studies, including both human and animal studies, were reviewed before the decision to put Advantame on the market was made.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports that the number of mice that survived to the end of a key cancer study was below FDA’s own scientific recommendations.

… but the FDA has approved the additive  anyway.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

It’s too soon to have reported side effects for this sweetener. But let’s take a look at its two components — aspartame and vanillin.

Aspartame

Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.

  • Aspartic acid elevates levels of aspartate and glutamate,  brain neurotransmitters. Aspartate and  glutamate  are “excitotoxins,” meaning that in high amounts they “excite” or stimulate brain cells to death.
  • Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in the brain. Ingesting aspartame can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain which disturbs the normal balance of an important brain chemical, serotonin.
  • Methanol is wood alcohol, the kind of alcohol that is extremely poisonous.

Currently, there are 92  categories  of complaints filed against aspartame with the FDA.

MedicineNet.com reports that out of 166 studies on aspartame, 100% of those funded by the manufacturer confirmed aspartame’s safety, while 92% of the independently funded studies found it was unsafe.

According to the American Cancer Society: “Claims have been made that aspartame is related to health effects ranging from mild problems such as headache, dizziness, digestive symptoms, and changes in mood, to more serious health issues such as Alzheimer disease, birth defects, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, attention deficit disorders, Parkinson disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and seizures.”

Vanillin

Vanillin is a synthetic version of the natural flavor vanilla which is made from a species of orchid seed pods.

The demand for this universally loved flavor has always exceeded production so there have been many processes over the years for manufacturing fake vanilla flavor.

Currently, some vanillin is made from lignin, a byproduct of the paper and wood pulp industries. But, most vanillin is made from guaiacol, a petrochemical precursor.

Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

Besides having been approved in the US, Advantame has also been approved for general use in Australia and New Zealand. Final approvals are pending in Japan and in the European Union (EU).

Interesting it got approved here before it did in its country of origin — Japan.

Advantame is not a brand name; it’s a generic term. When it starts being used in our food supply, it almost certainly will have a brand name similar to  Sweet and Low, Splenda,  orEqual.

So right now I can’t tell you exactly what you’ll need to watch  out for. But the best way to avoid this and all other potentially dangerous  food additives  is to stick with eating “real food.” And if you must eat something in a box or a package, read the  label  very  carefully.

Updated September 2014

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About the author:deane alban

Contributing writer Deane Alban holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and has taught and written on a wide variety of natural health topics for over 20 years. Her current focus is helping people overcome brain fog, “senior moments”, and other signs of mental decline now, and preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia in the future.

The human brain is designed to last a lifetime, but modern life takes a greater toll on the brain than most people realize.  Deane teaches the best ways to keep your brain healthy and stay mentally sharp for life at her website  BeBrainFit.com.

 


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  • http://Website Charmelle

    Aspartame is a Killer Neurotoxin, a fact reported by Searle’s Own Scientists but kept hidden in the 1960’s- Vanillin is KIN TO ASPIRIN..so IS one of the Blood Thinner additives in store shelf products & meds- Vanillin, Methyl Salicylate, Benzoate Preservatives, Coal Tar Colorings, & Saccharin are among the bad Blood Thinner Additives that cause us to bleed when these chemicals strip serotonin from our platets- It is SO wrong for the Truth in Labeling Law to allow additives in food stuffs & meds merely b/c the additive is Below 3% level in it so do NOT have to list the low level on the label- This is very serious for example b/c the MERE LOW LOW level of Benzoate preservative..a Fraction so far BELOW 1% makes us bleed (a tenth of a percent usually in store shelf products..while FDA Allows DOUBLE that amt Benzoate in MEDS)- At the same time..a person CAN get that SAME Double dose of blood thinner additives…with STORE SHELF food/drink products for example if the person buys certain blood thinner laden products..such as Synthetic popular Root Beer at stores..b/c that flavoring is similar TO Vanillin..b/c it’s blood thinner METHYL SALICYlATE Flavoring (kin to aspirin) that Flavors the artificial root beer..which IS PRESERVED WITH BENZOATE (the addded iblood thinner)- The DOUBLE dose of blood thinner additves amounts then to Double Dose Benzoate additive preservative in MEDS..even those used in Surgery- Another example of VANILLIN giving Bleeding problems is when taking in a so called “healthy” supplements such as KRILL OIL which sadly is now being marketed by some companies..including MEGA RED.. WITH Artif Flavor VANILLIN- When the stomach BURNS from the aspirin like Vanillin breaking blood vessels in the stomach..some people believe it to be ACID..not realizing it’s the Burning Stomach symptoms some get from Aspirin & it’s cousins- SO..I consider this new sweetener even MORE of a danger..b/c some (if not triggering fast seizures)..are symptoms that set in over time with Aspartame..but now VANILLIN will ADD Faster Effects that people will believe are coming from something like Acid Reflux when in fact it’s causing BLEEDING…hopefully NOT in Eye and/or Brain areas too

  • http://Website Steven Gaylord

    Disgusting; the control over regulatory agencies like the FDA and the government by corporations.

  • http://Website Linda

    You should know by now that the FDA doesn’t approve anything that is good for us, only the ones they can make money on.

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