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Toxic artificial sweetener ‘Neotame’ now being added to your food
Created on: February 17, 2012 Last Updated: February 18, 2012 … http://www.helium.com/items/2293532-toxic-artificial-sweetener-neotame-now-being-added-to-your-food
It’s amazing what’s being produced by chemical labs today: new insecticides, nerve agents, herbicides, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and food additives like artificial sweeteners that some medical experts warn are toxic. The latest sweetener that has some health experts in an uproar is Neotame—a derivative of biotechnology company Monsanto’s aspartame, marketed as Nutrasweet and Equal. Monsanto developed it before selling it off to J.W. Childs Equity Partners to market it.
Why is Neotame causing concern among a growing number of health professionals and consumer groups? The way the chemical is processed, the substances it contains, and the scarce lack of human testing it underwent before being placed on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast track and approved as an additive in processed foods are the reasons red flags have been raised.
Many studies of how aspartame interacts in the human body have been done in medical labs across Western Europe and the United States. The medical findings were not very encouraging where health-issues are concerned.
Aspartame was first synthesized by G. D. Searle Pharmaceutical in Illinois, a company that specializes in making drugs.
After Canadian studies showed the chemical sweetener might cause attacks similar to epilepsy, and neurologists raised concerns, Searle sold off the product to Monsanto.
Despite rising concerns into the 1990s, such as this report “It is concluded that aspartame consumption may constitute a hazard because of its contribution to the formation of formaldehyde adducts.” [Life Sci., Vol. 63, No. 5, pp. 337+, 1998], the chemical giant continued to sell the sweetener with the FDA’s stamp of approval.
According to naturalsociety.com, not only do aspartame and its derivative Neotame contain substances that become formaldehyde in the body, but both also have an exctiotoxic amino acid that can lead to nerve damage over time.
Neotame, however, has an additional chemical known as 3-dimethylbutyl. As naturalsociety.com points out, that toxic substance appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most hazardous chemical list.
Despite being listed as a poison, the chemical is now in hundreds of foods available on the supermarket shelf. Worse, the addition of Neotame to processed foods is still in its early stages. Over the next few years the chemical sweetener could make its way into many thousands of foods ingested by uninformed and unwary consumers.
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