Aspartame Consumer Safety Network
P.O. Box 2001
Frisco, Texas 75034 U.S.
Phone/FAX: 214.387.4001


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I identify whether or not aspartame is in a product?
  2. Where can I find acceptable alternatives to aspartame sweeteners?
  3. Why doesn't the FDA recall aspartame if it is so bad
  4. Who is Dr. John Olney?
  5. What is ACSN doing to help pilots?
  6. When is this issue going to be on 60-Minutes?

How do I identify whether or not aspartame is in a product?

By searching carefully the ingredient label. Be sure, in the case of medications, to look at both the active and inactive ingredients. It's the law in the U.S. - Aspartame should be listed as an ingredient if the product contains it. However, there are times when a label will only state: contains phenylalanine. This is one indication that the product does contain the sweetener. Be aware that products that contain MSG [monosodium glutamate] also bear a relationship to aspartic acid in aspartame, also known as  NutraSweet or Equal. Both are excitotoxins, which means they artificially stimulate the taste buds and neurotransmitters in the brain - causing cellular damage and destruction.

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Where can I find acceptable alternatives to aspartame sweeteners ?

Natural alternatives to chemical or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame may be found in most food markets. They include: honey, maple syrup, turbinado sugar, fruit, fruit juice concentrates, etc.

Herbal alternatives include various forms of the herb, stevia. One good resource for this substance classified as a food supplement by the Food and Drug Administration is: Stevita Company in Arlington, Texas. Toll free: 1-888-STEVITA

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Why doesn't the FDA recall aspartame if it is so bad?

The easy answer is: 'We don't know. Why don't you ask them.'

The real answer as Dr. Hays, an FAA flight surgeon from Brownwood, Texas explains it in an interview with investigative reporter Del Walters, on Washington D.C. TV news series on aspartame. "The FDA got their foot caught in a bucket - and they can't [or won't] get it out!"

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Who is Dr. John Olney?

Neuroscientist, Dr. John Olney is the world expert on the neurological effects of aspartic and glutamic acids. His research shows that aspartic acid [one of the breakdown products of aspartame] caused holes in the brains of lab animals. Dr. Olney and ACSN co-founder,James Turner, Esq. were the original 'whistleblowers' on the toxicity of aspartame. He was featured at a Washington press conference to announce his findings of a ten percent increase in the rate of brain tumors since the advent of aspartame.

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What is ACSN doing to help pilots?

Aspartame Consumer Safety Network was the first organization to shed light on the aspartame and flying connection. Mary Nash Stoddard was the first consumer advocate to establish a hotline for pilots to report adverse reactions. Since that time [fall of 1987], many aviation publications - including the U.S. Air Force Flying Safety magazine in two different issues - have warned pilots of the dangers of using a substance which may take away their flying careers. Deadly Deception - Story of Aspartame, ACSN's sourcebook, contains an entire chapter on flying and aspartame.

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When is this issue going to be on 60-Minutes?

60-Minutes aired an expose of the aspartame issue and cover up December 28th, 1996. Mike Wallace conducted interviews with FDA officials and scientists, including Dr. John Olney. Their Australian 60-Minutes counterpart aired their scathing report on the sweetener a few months later. [ACSN's founder, Mary Nash Stoddard was called in by producers of both networks for background research and technical support.]

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Revised: March 03, 2004 .