Aspartame, the Sweet Killer


This website has some pretty graphic pictures of rats in various stages of affliction. Don't read while eating or around kids.

When Victoria Inness-Brown contacted me about “explosive information” concerning aspartame (Equal,NutraSweet) the controversial, artificial, chemical sweetener, I didn’t know what to expect. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of aspartame’s danger to human health (tires have been recalled for less) it remains in 6,000 food, drink and medicinal products.

Who could imagine a private citizen would do an aspartame experiment with 108 rats for 2 years and 8 months?

The late Dr. Adrian Gross explained that rodent experiments are the means to find out what a particular substance will do to human beings.

Look at Victoria’s pictures of her animals that ingested the equivalent amount of aspartame (in human terms) of less than one diet coke a day, until their spontaneous death. Importantly, the control groups, those fed no aspartame were free from visible effects. (1)

The artificial sweetener, Aspartame, was approved by the FDA, in 1981. By the 1990’s, the FDA had a list of 92 symptoms reported to them by 10,000 consumers, a list revealed to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. (2)

Personally, I have read thousands of cases from aspartame victims, many who post on Yahoo’s Aspartame Victim Support Group list, but Victoria’s photographs, the first ever to be released from any study, give meaning to the hypothesis, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Following is Victoria’s gutsy account of why she did her experiment, the protocol she used to conduct it and the remarkable pictures of the rats. Victoria says--


I did my aspartame experiment because my family was addicted to diet soda. After researching the effects of aspartame, I strongly believed the artificial sweetener might one day lead to their illness and even early death.

Most influential in my research on the aspartame molecule was The Bressler Report. (3) Dr. Jerome Bressler, M.D., led an FDA task force to attempt to validate the authenticity of a study done by G.D. Searle, the pharmaceutical company that held the patent to the “sweetener.”

Dr. Bressler’s team did the Searle audit between April 25, 1977 and August 4, 1977 of study PT #988S73, a 115 Week Oral Tumorigenicity Study in the Rat. The rat study was supposedly done by Searle to examine the adverse effects of the crystalline form of aspartame’s breakdown from phenylalanine, 50% of the chemical’s composition to SC-19192, diketopiperazine (DKP).

Bressler’s force found irregularities in Searle’s experiment-- missing raw data, errors and discrepancies in available data, exclusions of animals, and animals that had masses removed and were then returned to the study.

It is clear Searle misrepresented the carcinogenicity of DKP and hid incriminating data from the FDA.

One unreported tissue mass in Searle’s study measured 5.0 X 4.5 X 2.5 cm. Equivalent to 2 in. X 1.75 in. X 1.0 in. —a significant sized tumor that should be visible to the naked eye, hard to miss.

I was convinced I would see tumors and possibly other harmful effects to convince my family and friends to avoid aspartame.
If you really need to, fast forward to Page Seven for further information and picture-less conclusions.

ROzbeans 16 years ago
Didn't they say that the amount of aspartame needed to cause those things would be a ridiculous amount that no one would consume? Granted eating microwave popcorn every day of your life for years will cause cancer..and cankles, I guess.
Mileron 16 years ago
The only issue I see with the study performed as described is:

The "scientist" didn't take into account that she was giving the rats a significantly larger amount of aspartame, percentage wise, compared to a human, strictly based on body weight/mass.

If I, as a 100KG human, consume 50mg of aspartame a day, that's going to have a tremendously large difference compared to a 1KG rat consuming 50mg of aspartame a day.

If this was truly done scientifically, I would think you would want to reduce the amount of aspartame given to the rats, proportionate to their mass/weight difference from a human.

Even so, it's scary.
ROzbeans 16 years ago
Very scary if I consume a ton of equal with my morning coffee. O_O
Calimaryn 16 years ago
Look at Victoria’s pictures of her animals that ingested the equivalent amount of aspartame (in human terms) of less than one diet coke a day

This sentence is confusing and I am leery of clicking the link while at work. We websense everything here now adays. If they were given 1 can of diet coke's worth of aspartame then it would be an overdose to a small rat. If they were given a rat sized dose equivalent to 1 can of diet coke then how are more people not deathly ill.

Either way, chemicals are bad, mkay?
Darsa 16 years ago
I myself drink a lotlot of diet soda (Diet Sam's Club Cola FTW!!)... It's been a concern to me about the amount of chemical sweetener I've been coming in contact with. I've kinds been trying to switch over to tea; I love regular tea, and it has the caffiene in it that I really need to get through the day... AND it's got antioxidants!
Vex 16 years ago
tea also has a lot of calories in it unless you can stomach it without sweetener ( yuck)

the only way to get calorie-less tea s to use articifial sweeteners.

Its sad that they subjected these rats to this kind of testing. A rat isn't a human, we can't expect a rat to tell us what will happen in a human.

my diet mtn dew code red says : phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine .

i dont know. there really isnt anything you can put in your body that isn't going to have some kind of side affect. even home-grown veggies and home-slaughtered cows come with their own problems.

despite all these horrible chemicals the world is engineering to put in our food, we're living longer and longer lol.
Lillaanya 16 years ago
I just can't stand the taste of diet soda period. Chemicals or not.
Sergon 16 years ago
The body breaks nutrasweet down in to formaldehyde which will cause brain damage as well but yes it just like anything that you put in needs to be taken in moderation.