Every time I see an ant, I think about an article I wrote in 2004, The Ant And The Cola Can. Ants can sometimes be an annoyance, but, overall, ants are smart.
Two Days In 2004
Karen and Harry were two of my nutrition clients, and they conducted an experiment one hot Texas afternoon. They placed a can of diet cola with aspartame next to a can of regular cola on their backyard table. They watched what happened over the next two days.
A very determined line of ants marched steadily in and out of the regular cola can, but no ants moved in or out of the diet can. A few ants made their way to the opened ring-top, but each one quickly turned around and joined the line that was steadily trailing up into the regular cola.
What does that tell you?
1970 Proven Dangers
The dangers of aspartame poisoning have been a well-guarded secret since the early 1970s. Now that the market is rapidly saturating with chemical alternatives such as sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame K, and a variety of other nasty chemical sweeteners, we expect that most of these chemicals will result in similar health problems that we predicted would occur after thirty years of aspartame use.
Time will tell, but it’s inexcusable that our government agencies won’t take these toxins off the market now.
It appears that the ants are smarter than our elected officials.
The research and history of aspartame as a cause of illness is conclusive. Aspartame is a risky chemical food additive, and its use during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies in human history.
Even the ants don’t care that aspartame is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains about four calories per gram. It’s synthesized from the two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, which are bonded by free methanol. Aspartame breaks down easily and loses its sweetness when heated.
Apparently, the ants figured this one out rather quickly.