Monosodium Glutamate, Aspartame and Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein all fall under the same umbrella of ‘Exciototoxins’. These compounds react with specialized receptors in the brain in such a way as to lead to the destruction of various neurons. They do not have a dramatic effect, but slowly build up and gradually weaken the body over time. Exciototoxins have been linked to learning disorders in children (10). They also play a critical role in the development of other neurological disorders, including migraines, seizures, infections, abnormal neural development, endocrine disorders, neuropsychicatric disorders, AIDS, dementia, episodic violence, specific types of obesity, lyme borreliosis, hepatic encephalopathy, and especially the neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and olivopontocerebellar degeneration. (11). Exciototoxins are also linked to DNA damage. Cellular proteins and mitochondrial DNA are the most affected. DNA is our last line of defence in any health matter. If our DNA gets affected, then everything gets affected.

Monosodium glutomate (E621) and Disodium 5’-ribonucleotide (E635) are banned from foods for children under the age of three, but that does not stop them getting in foods that young children still eat. The neurotoxin Monosodium Glutomate (MSG) has been campaigned against for years. It is a white powder well know in Chinese cooking, but has been linked to many of the conditions mentioned above. MSG is found in many processed products and is used as an alternative to salt. Crisps, stock cubes, ready meals and a host of cheap processed food are the culprits. Remember to read the labels.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in carbonated drinks, crisps and many processed ‘diet’ foods. Also known as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure, aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance that is put in foods. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These reactions include seizures and even death. In the report there are 90 different documented symptoms (12). These include:

Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

Chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame:(13) – Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. There is no compelling scientific evidence that it causes these conditions, but the reports keep coming in from people who have ingested it and recent this research suggests there is a definite link (14).