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Another True Conspiracy Theory: Sweet Misery of Aspartame Hits the Mainstream

Friday, May 27, 2011 14:25
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By Sean Poulter

 

Amid health fears, Diet Coke sweetener in safety spotlight

An artificial sweetener used in Diet Coke is to undergo an urgent EU safety review.

Aspartame is ingested every day by millions of people around the world in more than 6,000 well-known brands of food, drink  and medicine.

However, it has been the subject of a number of studies that appear to show harmful effects on human health.

One recent study linked diet drinks containing aspartame to premature births, while another suggested it could cause cancer.

To date, health watchdogs, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), have ruled out any link to ill-health.

But after several MEPs asked for a new investigation following pressure from European health campaigners, EU Commission officials have now asked the EFSA to bring forward a review that had been planned for 2020.

The concern about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame relates to the fact that they contain methanol, a nerve toxin which can be metabolised in the body to form two more nerve toxins: formic acid and formaldehyde, the chemical used to preserve dead bodies.

Earlier this year, experts on Britain’s Committee on Toxicity(CoT) ruled that ‘long-term exposure to methanol consumed through food, including from aspartame, is unlikely to be harmful to health’. 

The committee pointed out that methanol is also found in fruit and vegetables.

As a result of the experts’ conclusions, the FSA ruled the consumption of aspartame ‘is not of concern at the current levels of use’.

Despite this verdict, the FSA is currently recruiting volunteers for an investigation into anecdotal reports of ill health, including headaches and stomach upsets, associated with aspartame.

The watchdog announced the research project in 2009, however it has had difficulties recruiting volunteers who claim to suffer problems.

EFSA spokesman, Lucia De Luca, said: ‘Aspartame is one of hundreds of flavourings. It is on the market because it has been assessed in the past and considered safe.

‘We have received an official request for a complete re-evaluation of the safety of aspartame.

‘The re-evaluation is scheduled for 2020 but the Commission asked us to do this re-evaluation now in the light of recent events.

 A study last year of 60,000 mothers-to be found a correlation between the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth

‘In the past year, there have been a couple of studies looking at aspartame and concerns expressed by consumer groups and others.’

In July last year, EU-funded research by Danish scientists, which looked at almost 60,000 mothers-to-be, found a correlation between the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth.

Previously, the Independent Ramazzini Foundation in Italy has published research suggesting aspartame caused several types of cancer in rats at doses very close to the current acceptable daily intake for humans.

Both of these have been evaluated by EFSA experts, who have rejected any risk to human health.

Aspartame is manufactured by Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe. The firm said it welcomes the decision to bring forward the safety evaluation.

A spokesman said: ‘EFSA reaffirmed the safety of aspartame in 2006, 2009 and 2010. In addition, recent allegations about the safety of aspartame made in France and by a handful of MEPs have already been dismissed by EFSA.

‘This review of the extensive body of science on aspartame will provide additional confirmation of the ingredient’s safety.

‘By providing an excellent sweet taste, aspartame makes a useful contribution to a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and can help people to avoid overweight and obesity, and their associated diseases.’

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  • Anonymous

    From what I have read it is only of danger at over 60 degrees centergrade so ok for cold drinks but not hot.

  • Dctr.Cool

    Poor rats…don’t we have some politicians or lawyers we can test these things on?

  • Barbie

    Aspartame is known to those who have done our own research here in the U.S. that it has the same addictive qualities and health risks as “wood alcohol” – the kind of poisonous alcohol made cheaply for over a hundred years; it not only addicts instantly, but kills our liver and kidneys. And unfortunately, Nicorette Gum with the sweet coatings, is rumored to use Aspartame as its sweetener. I personally tried to get the manufacturer to dispute that Aspartame is one of the ingredients NOT listed in the label, but no one ever returned my calls or sent information back to me after promising to do so. I believe this is the primary reason why people who stop smoking and begin using the gum CANNOT quit using the gum. Not only is the nicotine feeding your nicotine habit, the Aspartame is a double-whammy. It makes SURE you’re still using the gum, long after the specified length of time it should take you to kick the habit of smoking. Aspartame is also the reason people who drink diet sodas always crave them more and more… And the more you drink them, the more you want them. A vicious circle.

  • Anonymous

    I just finished drinking a case of Lipton diet green tea that a neighbor gave me because she was moving. I never buy soft drinks or anything like that, but after drinking that whole case over about two weeks, I did want more of the drink. Good thing I am too cheap to buy myself my own case of this drink. It was after I had finished drinking all but four bottles of it that I looked at the ingredients. Aspartame was right in the middle of the list. That meant that there was a lot of it used to sweeten this green tea. Now that I know that Aspartame is in the tea I will never buy it, even if I did decide to spend the money for something I liked. Now I still have to stick to water, but not out of the tap. With all of this radiation being mentioned in the things I read, not the MSM, it is a good idea to get to one of those places that purify water for drinking and to store up as much as possible. Of course after a few months of using up my supply, I would have to go to get some more water from one of these machines. I wonder if those machines can filter out radiation? I live alone and so that makes me the only one to look out for my health. Kind of scary for me, but finding someone that has the same ideals of life and outlook on world events is difficult to come across. Wishing to move to another planet where those that live there will not destroy it as our planet earth is being destroyed, is only padding my mind to block out all of the distress seen daily going on around the world. Where to run here on the only planet that we are able to live on is not a choice for me anymore. Too old, alone, and running out of money to make that move is just where those devils in governemt want me, but they don’t know that somehow, I plan to take one of them with me when it comes to the day this life will be all over. Why are they screwing with the lives of billions. We know who these people are, and I would get with those that would go out and take them out of this life, but where are those that would do that? It’s not like during WW2 where you could get from place to place without being checked, now you get groped right in the balls by some pervert TSA agent, and even a finger going down the crack of your butt. I won’t go any further as to where they go. When is the world going to turn on these devils and end this madness? I want to get going on it before I get any older.

  • Anonymous

    People need to take the time to read the labels of what they are eating.

    Most prepared food are slow poisons, MSG, Aspartame,HFCS,Canola oil to name a few things that will insure that you become a customes of Pharmacon and their minions.

    Sheila
    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • Anonymous

    Poisons in the foods we eat, poisons put into our drinking water, Chemtrails sprayed in our skies. When will it stop? Most likely not in our lifetime and that of our children. – Now we have the break down in the nuclear plant there in Japan that is spreding radiation worldwide and the MSM is saying nothing about it. In the next 20 years, should we last that long, we are going to see the results of all these poisons and radiation on everything around us. That will be those that are left on the surface of the planet while those that took our money are living underground in those cities they built with our missing trillions. Not unless they are already there they will not be affected by the radiation from Japan. If they wait too long, then those children born to them underground will be the one that come to the surface in the far distant future to eat those that are still alive on the surface. – Oh, I am scaring myself.

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