Posts Tagged ‘aspartame’

Last June I wrote about the documentary Lunch Hour, which I enjoyed watching while attending the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago (you can read my post about Lunch Hour here). An opportunity has come up for all of us to do something to try to improve kids’ school lunches! In a March article “Dairy Industry Tries to Hide Artificial Sweeteners in School Lunches,” the Alliance for Natural Health website posted that aspartame is already being used in the flavored milk that kids receive for their school lunches, but now the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation want to remove aspartame from the ingredient label WITHOUT removing the aspartame! Aspartame can cause many health problems (you can read about them here:, and it would be ideal to remove aspartame from kids’ milk altogether. Reducing people’s knowledge of the fact that they are consuming aspartame by eliminating it from the ingredient label is definitely yet another step to keep aspartame in the milk in the first place. Please read the article and consider clicking the “Take Action” button at the bottom of the article. It just takes a couple of minutes to fill in your information and send a quick note to the FDA to let them know you think all ingredients in food should be labeled. Thank you!

For a couple of years I chewed a lot of gum and noticed that one of the listed ingredients was phenylalanine. At the time, I figured it probably wasn’t something healthy but didn’t think about it too much. However, is it actually something unhealthy, or is it harmless?

According to the Mayo Clinic website (, phenylalanine is harmless for most people but can cause problems for those who have a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria. Phenylalanine is naturally present in many foods that contain protein, but foods that contain aspartame–like many brands of gum–also have phenylalanine in them. Aspartame can cause many health problems in any dosage size, but if you consume too much aspartame, it can raise the level of phenylalanine in your brain quickly. This situation can be detrimental to your health if you are on certain medications, have anxiety problems, have a sleep disorder, or have the disorder tardive dyskinesia (with tardive dyskinesia, you cannot control certain facial movements, like a protruding tongue or making faces–see

So, basically, phenylalanine is considered “safe” for most people.