Warning! Aspartame Now Being Falsely Marketed as a Natural Product

By on June 5, 2013
Think you’re safe from aspartame? You’re not now: Aspartame maker Ajinomoto is rebranding the artificial sweetener as AminoSweet–marketed as a “sweetening ingredient” which can be “naturally digested and metabolized.”

But this contradicts recent findings showing that rats exposed to various levels of aspartame developed innumerable cancers, including pelvic, kidney, and brain cancer.

“Aspartame is a multipotential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are also evident at a daily dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), notably less than the current acceptable daily intake for humans,” says the researchers of a rat study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

In their study, they found that rats that were routinely fed aspartame had a higher rate of cancer, specifically pelvic and kidney cancer. Other rats also developed leukemia and died spontaneously.

Of course, Ajinomoto still insists AminoSweet is safe–after all, it’s approved for use in more than 100 countries.

Coincidentally, Ajinomoto bought its aspartame business from Monsanto in 2000, a company that also argues its products are also safe, despite having them recently banned in South Korea for being too dangerous.

The Evidence Against Aspartame

Naturally sweet, low-calorie, and made from protein: All of these words describe Ajinomoto’s newly marketed aspartame sweetener, but the evidence against aspartame use continues to grow.

Despite suggesting that it sounds naturally made, there isn’t natural about it. Aspartame was accidentally created in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist for G.D. Searle & Company.

In his lab, he worked feverishly to develop a tetrapeptide to help evaluate an anti-ulcer drug. He synthesized aspartame, then absentmindedly licked his finger to lift up a piece of paper, which contained aspartame residue–and then noted its shockingly sweet flavor.

In 1983, the FDA approved it for use in dry goods and carbonated beverages as a cheaper way to sweeten edible items.

But why the long wait? Scarily enough, it took the FDA nearly 20 years to allow aspartame use in food products because a review of 25 studies found a link between its use and brain damage.

Curiously enough, the FDA eventually found no direct link between the two, although questions about its link to cancer were never answered.

The Concern Grows Deeper

Unfortunately, innumerable studies starting in the late 90s show even stronger correlations between aspartame and cancer–which continue to be ignored by numerous health organizations.

“The longest-ever human aspartame study, spanning 22 years, found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia in men; leukemia was also associated with diet soda intake in both sexes,” says Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician and author. “Despite this, beverage manufacturers continue to misleadingly describe this artificial sweetener as safe.”

As for why the concerns of aspartame are continuously ignored, it all boils down to economics: Cheap production and easy accessibility allows American manufacturers to quickly produce merchandise for an increasingly demanding market.

And now an aspartame maker overseas is wishing to revitalize the slowly dwindling demand for aspartame (much of this thanks to the negative coverage of artificial sweeteners) by rebranding it.

It’s no longer aspartame we should worry about. It’s AminoSweet, and it’s probably in your favorite beverage.

Could your health be at risk?

1. (2005, November 23). “Aspartame Causes Cancer in Rats at Levels Currently Approved for Humans.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from

2. (2013, February 19). “Aspartame May Be More Toxic in Men Than Women.” Retrieved from

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