From http://www.safefood.org.nz … a revealing article detailing the medicinal products containing Aspartame.
“It is a controversial artificial sweetener, 951 (L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine-methyl-ester). It is cheaper and about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
It comprises two amino acids — aspartic acid and phenylalanine, bound together with methanol. Occurring in natural form, these are bound up, but in aspartame they are not, breaking down readily to formaldehyde (accumulative and known to cause cancer), formic acid (venom in ant stings) and DKP (known brain tumour agent).”
It is found in “More than 6000 products worldwide: sugar-free and diet products, eg NutraSweet & Equal packs & sachets, chewing gum, sweets e.g. Mentos, Extra & Smints, some Eta potato chips, Yoplait Diet-Lite & Weightwatchers yoghurts; Jarrah, Weight-watchers, Nestle & Ovaltine drinks; sports drinks; dietary supplements e.g. Redoxon, silver top Berocca, Healtheries products incl. chewable children’s vitamins; 124 medicines incl. 81 for children e.g. Lemsip, Panadol.”
“According to independent (non-industry funded) doctors and researchers, aspartame can cause a range of symptoms ranging from mild and transitory to debilitating and life-threatening, eg headaches, memory loss, vision loss, depression, seizures, coma and cancer. It can worsen or mimic the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It interacts with drugs & MSG, and induces carbohydrate cravings (= weight gain). The methanol in aspartame affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.”
Aspartame in 81 children’s medicines
“The controversial additive aspartame is contained in 81 medicines which may be used by children and young people. Green MP Sue Kedgley said that the New Zealand Minister of Health has confirmed Medsafe has approved a total of 124 medicines which contain aspartame.
Ms Kedgley stated: “There should be a requirement that the word ‘aspartame’ appear prominently on the label, along with a warning statement that it has been linked to a range of adverse reactions.” Ms Kedgley is also calling on Medsafe to put pressure on pharmaceutical companies to reformulate their products, and in the meantime ensure medicines containing aspartame are clearly labelled with a warning so parents are aware of its presence and potential for side effects.
Aspartame is not always clearly identified on many labels, because in New Zealand medicines and dietary supplements do not have to be labelled with their ingredients. We therefore reproduce a list of the brandnames. Not all the medicines in a particular brand will contain aspartame – look for ‘sugar-free’, also ‘chewable’ and ‘effervescent’. One reason why manufacturers use aspartame in so many products is because it is cheaper than sugar, as well as being addictive. (For a full list of the 81 medicines containing aspartame, see below.) If you are not sure whether a medicine you are giving your child contains aspartame, ask the pharmacist….”
Some of the items on the list:
- Anti-inflammatory Lozenges – Menthol and Eucalyptus Flavour Lozenge Amcal
- Anti-inflammatory Lozenges – Raspberry Flavour Lozenge Amcal
- Augmentin Duo 200 Powder for oral suspension
- Berocca Performance Effervescent tablet
- Gaviscon Cool Chewable tablet Cool Peppermint
- Gaviscon Double Strength Chewable tablet 160mg/500mg/267mg – lemon flavour and peppermint flavour
- Glycoprep-C Powder 6%w/w
- Imodium Melts Orodispersible tablet 2mg
- Konsyl Orange (Sugar Free) powder Powder for oral solution 60.3%
- Lemsip Cold & Flu Hot Drink Powder for oral solution 500mg Lemon & Menthol flavour
- Lemsip Cold & Flu Hot Drink Powder for oral solution Lemon flavour
- Panadol Cold & Flu Citrus Effervescent tablet 500mg
- Panadol Rapid Soluble tablet 500mg
- Paracotene Effervescent tablet 500mg/8mg
- Phenergan Elixir 5mg/5mL
- Vicks Vital Lemon Throat Lozenge and Orange Throat Lozenge
As always the effects accumulate over time. However our bodies were never designed to assimilate artificial chemicals. Beware and watch what is in your children’s food and meds.