Formaldehyde Poisoning from Aspartame
Aspartame ( Nutrasweet ) Toxicity Information Center Main Page
(case histories of aspartame poisoning, scientific docs, statements from experts, healthier sweeteners)
In 1997 there was an increase in aspartame users reporting severe toxicity reactions and
damage such as seizures, eye damage and vision loss, confusion, severe migraines, tremors,
depression, anxiety attacks, insomnia, etc. In the same years, Ralph Walton, MD, Chairman,
The Center for Behavioral Medicine showed that the only studies which didn't find
problems with aspartame where those funded by the manufacturer (Monsanto). Given
the agreement amongst independent scientists about the toxicity of aspartame, the only
question was whether the formaldehyde exposure from aspartame caused the toxicity. That
question has now been largely answered because of research in the late 1990s.
The following facts shown by recent scientific research:
Readers are urged to followup by printing and reading the extensive and heavily-referenced discussion
related to aspartame and methanol/formaldehyde poisoning (suitable for scientists and
http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/abuse/. This document details the research
showing formaldehyde toxicity from aspartame and demonstrates the techniques the manufacturer
used to help hide these facts. Finally, an updated
discussion of formaldehyde dosage
from aspartame has been added to answer questions raised by what appears to be a manufacturer
public relations campaign. Please read this document only after reading the first
methanol/formaldehyde document linked to above.
- Aspartame (nutrasweet) breaks down into methanol (wood alcohol).
- Methanol quickly converts to formadehyde in the body.
- Formaldehyde causes gradual and eventually severe damage to the neurological system,
immune system and causes permanent genetic damage at extremely low doses.
- Methanol from alcoholic beverages and from fruit and juices does not convert to formaldehyde
and cause damage because there are protective chemicals in these traditionally ingested
- The most recent independent research in Europe demonstrates that ingestion of small
amounts of aspartame leads to the accumulation of significant levels of formaldehyde
(bound to protein) in organs (liver, kidneys, brain) and tissues.
- Excitotoxic amino acids such as the one which is immediately released from aspartame
likely increases the damage caused by the formaldehyde.