Aspartame Allergy: Fact Or Myth?

Is there any such thing as aspartame allergy? The subject, as is that of the substance itself, is controversial.

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Aspartame was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 1981. Used as artificial sweetener, it can be found in a wide variety of foods. However, following several studies, many health food experts tagged the substance as potentially harmful to the health. Some even claim aspartame allergy/ aspartame toxicity actually exists.

The chemical is considered to be harmful because of those released during digestion. Methanol, formaldehyde, aspartic acid and phenylalanine are among the products of digestion that have raised concern. Some have said that methanol is neurotoxic and is a carcinogen. Aspartic acid has been associated with hormonal and anxiety disorders. Furthermore, people suffering from phenylketonuria cannot metabolise phenylalanine which could lead to an accumulation of toxic levels in the body.

Those claiming that aspartame allergy exists argue that the FDA should not have approved it. On the other hand, the FDA alleges that no conclusive results have been generated from the plethora of studies that can prove the harmful nature of aspartame.

However, cases of aspartame allergy are still being mentioned. Many doctors and other health professionals claim to have come across such cases whereby the problem was resolved after stopping intake of the substance.

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