Skip to comments.Made from Genetically Modified Bacteria Waste, Aspartame Risks Public Health
Posted on 03/27/2012 8:48:52 AM PDT by w4women
Aspartame is an addictive substance. Most people who consume diet sodas regularly soon develop a craving for it. This is because of aspartames addictive quality. Soon after consuming the ingredient on a normal basis, many people find themselves unable to kick the habit. - snip-Aspartame, essentially, feeds cancer cells. If this werent enough to convince you to drop the diet soda habit, the process by which aspartame is made involves a highly toxic and volatile and genetically engineered form of bacteria waste hardly something that would be considered safe by a reasonable standard.
Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/made-from-genetically-modified-bacteria-waste-aspartame-risks-public-health/#ixzz1qKgMNhoz
Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/made-from-genetically-modified-bacteria-waste-aspartame-risks-public-health/#ixzz1qKg6rLw0
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Ugh. I love my Coke Zero. So much for the government keeping us safe. How long have they been telling us this trash is ok??
"Natural Society" is not a reputable source.
Addictive or not, it gives me a headache. I avoid it.
This is rubbish.
Do what my wife did.
Run out, and don’t replenish the supply.
Same way I quit smoking.
Either I have the wrong idea of how addiction works; or the term gets misapplied— a lot; or neither of us was truly addicted to either substance (despite years of use and my negative physical reaction to the sudden cessation).
Stopped using artificial sweeteners not because they aren’t safe, but because they give me the munchies. Nothing wrong with good old sugar, IMHO.
I wonder if that crud has other side effects....Bill Clinton and John Edwards are know Diet Coke addicts! LOL (Just kidding folks using some of that theory folks use when they find out a serial killer smoked Marijuana...OH GOD Marijuana makes you a serial killer)
Maybe you should switch to beer. My husband read that the early colonists were prohibited from drinking more than half a gallon for breakfast. Makes you wonder how the country got anywhere.
Don’t you remember when the guy klled the gay mayor of San Fran his lawyer said it was caused by twinkies?
Cheese comes from bacteria waste.
everything stated in this article has been proven by scientific methods to be false.... kinda like globull warming... and peta.... same people, different subject
Let me tell you about aspartame.
What a load of BS. Do people even realize how many products are made as a result of bacterial and fungal “waste”? Makes it sound more natural to me in fact.
Glutens, taxoplasmosis, the list goes on and on.
Life causes death! Buy my book! I was right about the comet! Get 'em and see why!
[ Cheese comes from bacteria waste. ]
Alcohol, Yogurt, saurerkraut, vinnegar, kimchii, natto
All of this comes from a microbes rear end....
Heck even beef comes from a microbes ass as the microbes in a cows stomach is what it needs to break down the cellulose in their food into sugars which the cows then convert to tasty meat in their bodies.
Attack Aspartame on it’s chemical makeup as a substance, not on the faulty premise that it comes from the ass of a bacteria...
Is there anything that taste good that doesn’t cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or flatulence?
OK, then. Check my tagline.
Oh, how I love that movie! Peter Sellers’ greatest performance.
Diet soda makes my knees hurt. Seriously. I stopped drinking 3-4 cans a day and in just a few days my knees were pain free, dramatically. I dont know if it was the sweetener or the acid or some other ingredient but all I know is my knees feel 20 years younger almost overnight. Of course your mileage may vary but I am not joking, I feel great.
It's actually the Co2 that gives DC that throat clearing acidic bite, and seltzer has it in spades.
Don’t forget fermented and dried meats....Sausages like Salami. YUM!!
Our waste comes from bacterial waste. If “natural “ stuff is/was so good for you why don’t we see evidence of 400 year old cave men. I guarantee their lives were 100% natural AND organic.
Big Pharma has a lot to answer for but the REAL crooks out there are anyone that is required to slap a label on their latest,greatest break through product( blueberries seem to be the fruit of the year this year) proclaiming it to be a food and not a treatment.
I don’t know, everyone knows that “natural” chemicals are always healthier.
So perhaps Aspartame could be replaced with botulin toxin, tetrodotoxin, etc.
I avoid aspartame like the plague only drink diet cola with sucralose.
It’s poison. The saddest thing is that for 20 or more years packaged food producers have shoved sweet taste down our throats rather than include evil fat.
Now we learn that healthy fats, from healthy animals or certain cold pressed plant oils like coconut and olive, are the secrets of health, brain and neurological functioning, and life.
Sugar over a small amount (for a non athlete not much carbohydrate is necessary) is poison to us. Cancer loves sugar. It changes our bodies from good fat burning machines to sugar burning machines with a host of aches and conditions. And fake sugar is poison period. It can’t possibly help you in any way, only hurt you. Years of drinking it means the end of your life probably won’t be fun as it causes so many neurodegenerative diseases.
Do-gooders trying to make us slim and healthy did the exact opposite.
I’m sure, for one evening somewhere over cocktails, welfare must have sounded like a great idea too.
They way they determined Saccharine caused cancer in rats, for instance, was to feed them the equivalent of drinking 100's of cans of Tab a day. The rats got sick from it. Imagine that.
Some people just can't accept the fact that LIVING is bad for you. And, others can't accept the fact that somewhere, someone might doing something that they enjoy so they work hard to stop it. (Lots of these control freaks are called "liberals", but I'm editorializing.... :-) )
IMHO, Moderation is the key. Nothing wrong with a Diet Coke or two. If you're going through a case or two a day, though, maybe you've got something to worry about.
Some people may have a sensitivity to aspartame and get headaches, etc., but the vast majority of people have no problem consuming it.
As for addictive, I don't believe that either. I drink diet sodas in spurts, especially in the summer. Have never had any withdrawal in stopping suddenly.
Reminds me of a whacked-out woman that is married to my BIL. She believes that Splenda is the same as consuming DDT. lol
What a bunch of baloney.
If you do not like it... do not drink it. Coke has a Diet Coke with Splenda... buy it but STFO of my food choices!
MY wife and I finally made the move and stopped drinking Diet Coke about a month ago. Had to fight through a couple weeks of feeling like crap and having horrible headaches, but now I have no craving what-so-ever.
We also stopped all other artificial sweeteners.
We are now buying drinks sweetened with Stevia and using raw stevia in our tea.
Best drinks I have found so far are STEAZ green tea and ZEVIA sodas (the Black Cherry is to die for!). Most Organic/Health food stores (Whole Foods, Fresh Market, etc.) carry them.
Stop spouting nonsense. Your body is a glucose producing machine. It converts carbs to produce sugar. It converts fat to produce sugar. It converts alcohol to produce sugar. If sugar is directly available it uses it directly. If your body doesn’t produce sugar or get it directly from food, you DIE.
And ... what?
You think that had something to do with the aspartame?
Seems to me that had something to do with a certain completely natural compound ...
From the same link that you posted. In Comments:
John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition) says:
March 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm
For the record aspartame has never been shown to produce any direct response in any unbiased, correctly done study, but there is an internet conspiracy theory to the contrary as made clear by Snopes.com and many other truth websites. And comments about it being made with genetically modified bacteria are irrelevant; most drugs are made that way today. My comments will provide you and your readers with a rarely discussed, but exceedingly important explanation for all side-effects the conspiracy theorists attribute to aspartame. And that covers everything! Or perhaps I should say nothing fails to be explained by this paradigm. Readers should examine old criticisms or any new allegations against aspartame with these points in mind. (By the way I have no connection to the aspartame industry; what I share is why FDA, EFSA, and virtually all relevant world authorities will NOT ban this substance.)
There has never been any substantiated, reproducible evidence of any harm from aspartame, cancer included. The US and other governments have wasted more money on this than misguided and false concern than it has on virtually any other substance known to man. Corn contains more dangerous components. To demonstrate this, two points will be made.
First, the fundamentals of toxicology (the science of poisons) say everything is toxic. And that everything includes aspartame and all its three decomposition products, aspartate, phenylalanine, and methanol. But where the aspartame critics fail to understand and then mislead the reader is that dose is paramount. Everything about toxicology is dose; the words toxic or poison mean nothing without a specific dose for that substance. And dose alone separates a food/drug from a poison. For example botulinum toxin (Botox), which is the most toxic substance known (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botulinum_toxin), is used extensively in cosmetic procedures. Highly toxic cyanide is found in plant products we all consume; however, cyanide is readily detoxified by a cyanide-specific enzyme, rhodanese, at those doses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodanese). In contrast low-toxicity water drowns hundreds of people yearly. So the informed reader should understand that words like toxic or poison that fill all the anti-aspartame literature are irrelevant. That is any claim a chemical substance is toxic or a poison is by itself is absolutely MEANINGLESS. Such claims MUST include a specific toxic response at a specific dose. Aspartame critics cannot now do this and never could! That is part of the reason why they cannot get any regulatory agency to even listen to their long-failed arguments.
Second, the fact is that aspartame is perfectly safe used as directed. However, there appears to be a defined class of people for which labeling might be insufficient. And that class of people is those with an ongoing insufficiency of the vitamin folic acid (and/or vitamin B12). Actually folate (B12) deficiency can explain all the highly cited, but incorrect 92 symptoms attributed to aspartame toxicity. However, the dilemma here is that the people with this insufficiency are often unaware of it. That fact stems either from direct deficiency or because of a genetic requirement for more folate/vitamin B12. These people often, but not always display related issues like hyperhomocysteinemia (too much homocysteine in their blood). Homocysteine is a potent and true excitotoxin that poses a serious human health hazard that is detoxified by folate, see wikipedia]. Some aspartame users repeatedly get headaches after using aspartame, so they blame aspartame consumption for their acute headache, for example. But really they are at risk for these bigger problems for these other personal reasons that exist silently whether or not they use aspartame. Folate deficiency and lesser so vitamin B12 are directly connected to a large body of diseases, including breast and other types of cancers, etc. And folate insufficiency is still a real world problem both alone and because of polymorphism-associated genetic predispositions [requiring extra folate], including one directly associated with headache; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19619240.
The connection between aspartame and folate deficiency arises because aspartame contains a methyl ester; methanol is released upon GI hydrolysis. The purpose of the vitamin folate is to recycle methanols oxidation products formaldehyde and formate into methyl groups. Deficiency can lead to the same symptoms as methanol toxicitybut only in people that are otherwise deficient in this vitamin. Methanol from untainted food consumption alone never leads to poisoning, but folate insufficiency amongst a segment of the population can have the longer term consequences mentioned in the previous paragraph. Vitamin B12 takes the folate-generated methyl groups and transfers them to homocysteine making a vital amino acid called methionine. Too little of either causes the same or similar ultimate problems.
These facts explain everything about the whole internet conspiracy theory suggesting aspartame is unsafe. But you have to realize too that there is more methanol (read that as formaldehyde) in juice drinks (pectin is a polymeric methyl ester) than in aspartame drinks. And there is twice the amount of formaldehyde generated from caffeine than from the same molecular amount of aspartame. So again the problem is one of folate (B12) deficiency still being a human health problem, even after the US, Canada, and Chile required grain product folate fortification starting in 1998. That date is relevant also because all viable concerns with aspartame were raised before that date. But the frank malformations and teratology in infants of folate deficient mothers is what led to forced folate fortification to combat this widespread folate deficiency. Those issues have dropped dramatically amongst the population, since that action. They have not been eliminated because of these genetic issues (called folate polymorphisms) in up to 40% of the population; these make some people require even more folic acid than others.
But the take-home message here is that aspartame toxicity is a myth. All papers showing any issue with aspartame failed adequately to ensure folate sufficiency in either their animal work or use populations (including diabetics and others), most of whom have a documentable ongoing folate-deficiency in the first place. [The antidiabetic drug metformin actually reduces folate, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21896879.
Aspartame critics often cite work by Soffritti et al in support of their argument. However, regulatory agencies pay no attention. While their reasons relate to specific health of test rats, the real fact is that the health of those rats was affected by fundamental errors in their work. The 2006-2008 work by Soffritti et al is loaded with as many as five fatal, scientific errors. This list includes the use of a type of rat (Sprague-Dawley) known to become folate deficient at one year of age; but their experiment lasted three years. And this doesnt even mention Soffritti’s use of a folate deficient diet for those three years. [FYI, this same error was originally made by aspartame makers and went unrecognized for decades. That accident is what helped make this into a conspiracy theory. Later work used corn diets high in folate and from then on problems could not be reproduced.] Still other fundamental scientific errors therein totally dismiss their work. And that includes work with other substances beside aspartame. FDA is aware of these issues and will not ban aspartame based on an OVERWHELMING scientific assessment of safety. FYI, this whole folate insufficiency issue in methanol metabolism has been known for roughly four decades, because of the work of Tephly (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1997785); the genetic polymorphism aspects linkable to folate deficiency issues are relatively new, however.
John E. Garst, Ph.D. (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Nutrition)
Well, considering we were still drinking tea, coffee and Stevia sweetened sodas it sure as hell wasn't caffiene withdrawal.
>>Diet soda makes my knees hurt. Seriously. I stopped drinking 3-4 cans a day and in just a few days my knees were pain free, dramatically.<<
And it never occured to you that drinking 32 ounces of processed fluids daily wouldn’t have a harmful effect on your body? Did you also drink 32 ounces of water to flush it out of your body?
I don’t think you are going to live a long life if you continue these brainless habits.
Don’t talk about facts, PANIC!!!!
A few years back I happened upon a documentary called Sweet Misery and watched it several times. I have since purchased one of those devices that lets you make your own seltzer water. It turns out it is the bubbles that I liked more than the sweetened syrup in sodas. I squeeze fresh lemon/lime, grapefruit, orange, or other juices into it or drink it plain.It is a lot healthier for you.
I agree about the seltzer. My husband ordered a beautiful aluminum charger with CO2 cartidges as a gift for me, and it’s very refreshing.
We are now buying drinks sweetened with Stevia and using raw stevia in our tea.
Stevia is the only sweetener I have found to be safe, that is until the government finds other wise. Will depend on which lobbyist has the most money I guess ?
Was there another source of caffeine in your life? If not that’s probably where the headaches came from. Caffeine breaks down in your liver into all kinds of neat stuff, many of which are used in their “pure” form to treat breathing ailments like asthma and emphysema. Cutting caffeine out causes your oxygen level to drop, which your body finds scary and punishes you.
This is absolutely true, that aspartame, and all the other names they have now come up with for it - because it has gotten a bad reputation, justifiably, - is terribly bad for you and addictive.
I say that because I have heard talk radio interview with a real crusader on the use of it. Her name is Dr Betty Martini - medical doctor.
A (Startpage is what I use - user friendly) search on her name gives an impressive list of information.
What I recall is that she and her husband were going to retire but when she found out about this horror show, she began investigating and then began a crusade against it - to educate the public.
There are other names they now use for it - to hide the fact that it is in things. Sorry to say, I have seen that the sweetener in Rush’s Tea is this. I have not sent him an email about it since I figure he wont read it and doesnt want to hear it.
Yes, the way it got approved by the goverment was something Rumsfeld pulled sneaky. For profit.
IMO - with the best health and welfare in mind for all good Freepers !
No it isn't.
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