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A Moment On The Lips, Forever In The Hips

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Sweetness is usually correlated with sugar. And although sugars have that distinctive, enjoyable taste, there are other molecular combinations that are as sweet and thoroughly pleasant. The problem with sugar, the most common being sucrose, is that it has a lot of calories. These calories lead to weight gain if not spent by exercise, but now that humans have the knowledge and technology to create various substances, there are artificial sweeteners that do not even have calories and taste sweeter than sucrose as well. Many Americans avoid sugary drinks by drinking those with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame to avoid weight gain. However, because of the adverse effects of aspartame neurologically as well the effects on the viscera when consumed with a modern diet, artificial sweeteners prove to be more harmful than helpful.
Aspartame can increase phenylalanine levels which cause neurological effects that are hazardous to humans. Aspartame is metabolized into fifty percent phenylalanine, forty percent aspartic acid, and ten percent methanol (Maher and Wurtman). The main problem lies on the lone amino acid. Phenylalanine is a vital amino acid but is also a “neurotoxin”—a molecule that causes adverse effects on the brain. An increase in phenylalanine levels in the brain can repress enzymes required to make certain neurotransmitters. Inhibited enzymes will cause a lack of certain neurological chemicals. For instance, phenylalanine can repress enzymes needed to make a dopamine neurotransmitter, and without this neurotransmitter, the organism lacks in dopamine which leads to depression and suicide or other neurological problems. Results from a study by Timothy J. Maher and Richard J. Wurtman showed that fifty percent of lab rats went into convulsions after dosed 250 milligrams per kilogram of aspartame. Diet soda usually only contains fifty milligrams per kilogram of aspartame; however, rats naturally change phenylalanine to tyrosine. Tyrosine cancels out the effects of phenylalanine immensely; therefore, scientists must overwhelm the laboratory rats. Unfortunately, humans do not have this defense system; they do not convert phenylalanine into tyrosine. Humans can be affected at small doses which lead to neurological issues due to the repressed enzymes not making any neurotransmitters.
Aside from the nervous system, aspartame also affects the digestive system. In conjunction to modern consumption, aspartame’s effects are enhanced. In the past forty years, human diet has shown an increase in Trans fats, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and artificial additives (Collison, et al.). These chemicals are especially known for being insidious—they may taste pleasant, but they lead to obesity, diabetes, liver damage, etc. In a study by Kate S. Collison and others on lab mice, aspartame along with MSG and Trans fats increases the HOMA-IR or the “homeostasis model of assessment of insulin resistance” by fifty-six percent. The key words to this are “insulin...

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