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Aspartame: Safety Approved in 90 Nations, but Damages the Brain

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  • More than 90 countries have approved the artificial sweetener aspartame for use in thousands of food and beverage products, but multiple studies show it causes concerning effects on the brain
  • A newly published study with rats investigated the chronic effect of aspartame on oxidative stress in the brain; researchers found that there was a significant increase in lipid peroxidation levels, superoxide dismutase activity, GPx levels and CAT activity, showing that chronic exposure of aspartame resulted in detectable methanol in the blood, which may be responsible for the generation of oxidative stress in the brain
  • Earlier this year, another study investigated the effect of long-term intake of aspartame on the antioxidant defense status in the rat brain, and also found it leads to oxidative stress, which tends to cause accelerated tissue and organ damage


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