Aspartame Consumption Is Never SafeSubmitted by RonPaul4Prez2012 on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 02:27
The deadly artificial sweetener Nutrasweet is produced by feeding fossil fuel oil to ecoli that are genetically modified to DEFECATE aspartame as feces. Not so sweet after all is it?
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True, bananas, milk and NutraSweet all contain phenylalanine, one of 21 amino acids that form the "building blocks" of protein. But that doesn't tell the whole story.
Dr. Richard Wurtman, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that because NutraSweet lacks other important amino acids normally found in foods, the brain absorbs unusually high levels of phenylalanine that could increase the likelihood of epileptic seizures.
Referring to an ad proclaiming that the body treats the ingredient of the artificial sweetener "no differently than if they came from a peach or a string bean or a glass of milk," Wurtman said, "That's not true."
Dr. Louis Elsas, director of medical genetics at Emory University, groans at the industry arguments that eating or drinking NutraSweet (aspartame) is just like eating a hamburger.
"Phenylalanine is a known toxin to the brain,' Elsas said. "Aspartame is phenylalanine, and drinking aspartame is like drinking phenylalanine as an individual amino acid."
A spokeswoman at the New York offices of Ogilvy and Mather, the lead ad agency on the sweetener account for the Chicago-based NutraSweet Co., declined comment on the allegation. The drumbeat of NutraSweet advertisements has been steady. Beverage Industry, a trade publication, labeled the NutraSweet blitz "probably the largest advertising campaign ever designed around a product ingredient."
Industry sources say that since 1984, The NutraSweet Co. alone has spent $30 million to $40 million per year on advertising, and ads by diet soft drink manufacturers and other companies, who's products carry the swirl trademark of the sugar-free sweetener, would easily send that the figure past $100 million a year.