Something has got me really p*ssed!
A few years back, when I first started caring about what's in our food and drink, I remember picking up and reading the ingredients in a box of baby
formula, Aptamil 1Yrs+ Growing Up Milk
to be precise.
One of the ingredients in this particular brand of baby milk really stood out to me, Vanillin
I wondered why on earth they'd need to add an artificial sweet flavour to the milk, after all - research tells me that the "Aptamil first milk",
the "Aptamil Comfort milk" and the "Aptamil Follow On Milk" don't have this particular ingredient in the list, so what's the difference?
I thought nothing more of it and had a small grumble to myself about those evil Illuminati b*stards manipulating cute little baby's taste buds in
order to get them hooked on sweet, sugary tastes as early on in life as possible.
Fast forward a few years to yesterday. I was reading through some replies in response to a post about aspartame in a natural health group I'm a
member of. One of them read something along the lines of:
"Also, avoid ANYTHING with vanillin in the ingredients because it's just another name for aspartame!".
My mind immediately thought back to that box of Aptamil baby formula and straight away, I googled, "vanillin aspartame".
Amongst other things, here is one thing I got:
Often when reading ingredients, where you expect to see Vanilla, you will see Vanillin. You can Google Vanillin with aspartame and note how often it
is combined. One woman had serious neurological problems and thought she wasn't using aspartame until she realized the Vanilla coffee was in reality,
vanillin with aspartame, but only the Vanillin was labeled.
There is nothing out there that officially states that Vanillin is aspartame, or has aspartame in it, (well, there wouldn't be would there?
but, if you google it you can see that where there's vanillin in a list of ingredients, 99% of the time aspartame is right there next to it - but
they don't always tell you that.
So...my point - are they putting aspartame in baby milk!? That's really, really sick (in fact, it's child abuse) when you consider this:
What are the risks to children who consume excess aspartame?
The protective enzymes in a baby's brain are still immature, and therefore are unable to effectively detoxify the excitotoxins that enter its brain.
This would mean that in the case of a pregnant woman eating meals high in excitotoxin taste enhancers, the baby could be exposed to these high
glutamate levels for many hours. It is not unreasonable to assume that mothers will eat several meals and snacks containing various forms of
excitotoxins such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame. This could produce a high concentration of glutamate exposure in the baby's
brain several times a day. Also significant is the fact that the immature brain is four times more sensitive to the damaging effects of excitotoxins
than the adult brain. Thus, following a dose of MSG, the baby's blood level of glutamate may remain high for many hours. Since no experimental work
can be done on pregnant women or children, we must look to animal research studies for some clues. "In a study with mice and rats Toth and Lajtha
found that, when giving aspartame and glutamate either as single amino acids or as liquid diets over a prolonged time (several hours to days), they
could significantly elevate brain levels of these supposedly excluded excitotoxins. Brain tissue levels of aspartic acid rose as high as 61% and
glutamate levels rose 35% in brain tissue over prolonged feeding... Humans are exposed to high concentrations of excitatory food additives throughout
the day by consuming a variety of processed foods and diet drinks."2 Plasticity of the brain is important in the learning process. Even when the
baby is in the womb, the brain of the infant is being stimulated by sounds, touch, and even light, causing changes in the brain's structure in
important ways. Babies move and play with their toes, suck their thumbs, and react to noises and music after only six weeks in the womb. All of this
stimulation causes the pathways in the brain to change and develop. At birth the baby's brain chemistry functions homogeneously -- the biochemical
reactions occur evenly throughout the brain. But soon after birth, the brain undergoes a rapid acceleration in growth and function. During this
period the level of glutamine, the precursor of glutamate, rises very rapidly in some of the areas of the brain. Glutamate helps to regulate the
development of the wiring of nerves in the new brain. As the child grows, even beyond teen years, these developing connections grow as well. This
process of molding the brain continues throughout life, but the majority of growth takes place within 0-7 years of life. During these critical years,
if unborn and young children are fed drinks or food containing aspartame, over-stimulation can occur. It is important to appreciate that many of the
toxic effects of excitatory amino acids occur at a time when no outward symptoms develop. The child does not become sick or throw up, or have any
behavior that would alert the parents that something is wrong.
At least Hitler was more honest and upfront about what he did...