Dangerous Sweetener to Hit Food Shelves - Neotame - Monsanto Corp.
an artificial sweetener called neotame has been approved for use in food and drink
products around the world, although so far its use appears to be very limited.
a chemical derivative of aspartame, and judging by the chemicals used in its
manufacturing, it appears even more toxic than aspartame, although the proponents
of neotame claim that increased toxicity is not a concern, because less of it
is needed to achieve the desired effect.
bad science originally brought to you by the Monsanto Company. They sold the
NutraSweet Company to J.W. Childs Equity Partners in 2000, but the approval of
neotame came under Monsanto's ownership and was most likely a result of
Monsanto's cozy relationship with the FDA. More about that in a minute.
recommendation for neotame is the same as that for aspartame, which is: it should
be avoided if you care about your health.
Why is Neotame Dangerous?
by now you are aware of the dangers of aspartame, if you aren't, please review
this article below this one:
But as if
aspartame wasn't bad enough, NutraSweet (a Monsanto subsidiary at the time of
neotame's approval) "improved" the aspartame formula, making
neotame 7,000-13,000 times sweeter than sugar (sucrose) and 30-60 times sweeter
How did they do this?
Monsanto applied for FDA approval for neotame, "based on the aspartame formula"
with one critical addition: 3-dimethylbutyl, which just happens to be listed on
the EPA's most hazardous chemical list.
only is neotame potentially more devastating to your health than aspartame, it is
also approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods,
because it is more stable at higher temperatures.
What is 3-Dimethylbutyl?
manufactured by combining aspartame with 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde,which was
added to block enzymes that break the peptide bond between aspartic acid and
phenylalanine, thereby reducing the availability of phenylalanine.
3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde is categorized as both highly flammable and an
irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including irritating to
skin, eyes and respiratory system.
words, the NutraSweet company assures you that neotame is perfectly safe, while
at the same time, they manufacture neotame through a chemical reaction between
aspartame and a substance that is highly flammable and skin, eye and respiratory
irritant (that must be handled with extreme caution by anyone involved in the
Does this sound like something you
want to put into your body?
eliminates the need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly
Why are These Chemicals Approved for
people actually consider the FDA to be a "subsidiary" of the Monsanto
Company. It sounds impossible, but when you look at all the Monsanto executives
who have gone through the revolving door between private industry and
government oversight, a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes guarding
The FDA is
packed by pro-business, pro-corporation advocates who often have massive
conflicts of interest when it comes to protecting the health of the public.
the revolving door between private industry and government oversight agencies
is so well established these days, it has become business, as usual, to read about
scandal, conflicts of interest and blatant pro-industry bias, even when it
flies in the face of science or the law.
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, a former dental amalgam company executive,
helped subvert a federal judge's order to label mercury fillings as a hazard to
children and pregnant women.
top medical-device regulator, Daniel Schultz, resigned following internal
dissent over decisions that his critics said was too friendly to industry.
Woodcock, the director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
was accused of a massive conflict of interest stemming from an ethics complaint
filed by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
agency's list of corruption and collusions is now a mile long. And each piece
of new legislation aimed to improve its function seems to do just the
opposite-making the FDA even more dependent upon financial support by Big
Aspartame and Neotame are NOT a Dieters Best Friend
One of the
biggest marketing and PR tactics for man-made chemical sweeteners has been the
claim that they help in the battle against obesity. Folks, they don't. They never
have and they never will.
research and the epidemiologic data suggest the opposite is true, and that artificial
sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame tend to lead to weight gain. As I've
often said, there's more to weight gain or weight loss than mere calorie
for aspartame and neotame's potential to cause weight gain is because of phenylalanine
and aspartic acid - the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame
and are also present in neotame -- are known to rapidly stimulate the release
of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and
and leptin is also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism.
although you're not ingesting calories in the form of sugar, aspartame and neotame
can still raise your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels,
in turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and a number of
our current chronic disease epidemics.
if your body is exposed to too much leptin, it will become resistant to it, just
as your body can become resistant to insulin, and once that happens, your body can
no longer "hear" the hormonal messages instructing your body to stop
eating, burn fat and maintains good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste
hungry; you crave sweets, and your body stores more fat.
also causes an increase in visceral fat, sending you on a vicious cycle of
hunger, fat storage and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic
syndrome and more.
Real Reason Artificial Sweetener Use
want some answers in scenarios like this it is typically useful to follow the money
trail. Aspartame currently has the largest market share of all artificial sweeteners,
and the people at NutraSweet would like to keep it that way.
sweeteners cost a great deal less than real sugar, corn syrup or molasses, so
the processed food and beverage industry saves money by using LESS of these man-made
chemicals to create MORE sweetness in their products.
manufactured from aspartame, and builds on aspartame's ability to provide more
sweetness from less raw material, as it is 30-60 times sweeter than aspartame.
search of pubmed.gov, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which has over
11million medical citations, neotame returns zero double-blind scientific
studies on toxicity in humans or animals.
was indeed completely safe to ingest, you would think the Nutra Sweet Company
would have published at least one double-blind safety study in the public domain?
to ask yourself "why not?"
one byproduct your body creates by breaking down aspartame is formaldehyde,
which is extremely toxic to your health even in very small doses. The NutraSweet
Company claims the addition of 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde to aspartame makes it
more stable at higher temperatures, and reduces the availability of phenylalanine.
But nowhere do they discuss the formation of formaldehyde when your body breaks
down aspartame, which is the main ingredient of neotame.
Experienced a Bad Aspartame or Neotame Reaction?
know that only a fraction of all adverse food reactions is ever reported to
the FDA? This is a problem that only you as the consumer can have an impact
to truly alert the FDA to a problem with a product they've approved, they must
be notified - by as many people as possible who believe they have experienced a
side effect. This means you can take action against the manufacturers of these chemicals
that continue to put your optimal health at risk if you feel you have had a bad
reaction to their product.
you, if you believe you have experienced side effects from aspartame orneotame,
let the FDA know about it!
to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed
for your state, and report your adverse reaction.
telling just how many reports they might need before considering taking another
look at the safety of aspartame or neotame, but the only way to press them is
by reporting any and all adverse effects!
And in the
meantime, do your health and the health of your family a favor and treat all foods
and drinks that contain aspartame or neotame as if they were deleterious to your
optimal health. Because, in my opinion, they are.
Aspartame Is The Most Dangerous
Substance On The Market That Is Added To Foods!
is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and
Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a
chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug. How Aspartate
(and Glutamate) Cause Damage
was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was
originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience
researcher Dr. John W. Olney and Consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974
as well as investigations of G.D. Searle's research practices caused the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December
5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals
and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.
accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported
to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.
A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused
by aspartame include Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness,
muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia,
insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties,
anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss,
and joint pain.
to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the
following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:
Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s
disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia,
is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The
book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," by James and Phyllis
Balch lists aspartame under the category of "chemical poison." As
you shall see, that is exactly what it is.
What Is Aspartame Made Of?
Aspartic Acid (40 percent of Aspartame)
Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi,
recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the
ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost
500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as
aspartic acid and glutamic acid (about 99 percent of monosodium glutamate
(MSG)is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic
neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.
and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission
of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the
brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the
cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the
cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and
glutamate is why they are referred to as "excitotoxins." They
"excite" or stimulate the neural cells to death. Aspartic acid is an
amino acid. Taken in its free form (unbound to proteins) it significantly
raises the blood plasma level of aspartate and glutamate. The excess aspartate
and glutamate in the blood plasma shortly after ingesting aspartame or products
with free glutamic acid (glutamate precursor) leads to a high level of those neurotransmitters
in certain areas of the brain.
brain barrier (BBB), which normally protects the brain from excess glutamate
and aspartate as well as toxins, 1) is not fully developed during childhood,2)
does not fully protect all areas of the brain, 3) is damaged by numerous
chronic and acute conditions and 4) allows seepage of excess glutamate and
aspartate into the brain even when intact.
glutamate and aspartate slowly begin to destroy neurons. The large majority (75
percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before
any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. A few of the many chronic
illnesses that have been shown to be contributed to by long-term exposure to excitatory
amino acid damage includes:
· Multiple Sclerosis
(MS) Parkinson's Disease
· ALS Hypoglycemia
· Memory Loss / AIDS
· Hormonal Problems&
· Hearing Loss Brain
· Epilepsy Neuroendocrine
· Alzheimer's Disease
The risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons
with certain chronic health problems from exciting toxins are great. Even the
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which
usually understates problems and mimics the FDA party-line, recently stated in
a review that: "It is prudent to avoid the use of dietary supplements of
L-glutamic acid by pregnant women, infants, and children. The existence of
evidence of potential endocrine responses, i.e., elevated cortisol and
prolactin and differential responses between males and females would also
suggest a neuroendocrine link and that supplemental L-glutamic acid should be
avoided by women of childbearing age and individuals with affective
"It is prudent to avoid the use of dietary supplements of L-glutamic
acid by pregnant women, infants, and children. The existence of evidence of
potential endocrine responses, i.e., elevated cortisol and prolactin, and
differential responses between males and females would also suggest a neuro
endocrine link and that supplement all L-glutamic acid should be avoided by women
of childbearing age and individuals with affective disorders."
acid from aspartame has the same deleterious effects on the body as glutamic
· The exact mechanism of acute
reactions to excess free glutamate and aspartate is currently being debated. As
reported to the FDA, those reactions include:
· Abdominal Pains Fatigue (blocks glucose
entry into brain)
· Sleep Problems Vision Problems
· Anxiety Attacks Depression
· Asthma/chest tightness.
complaint of persons suffering from the effect of aspartame is memory loss.
Ironically, in 1987, G.D. Searle, the manufacturer of aspartame, undertook a
search for a drug to combat memory loss caused by excitatory amino acid damage.
Blaylock is one of many scientists and physicians who are concerned about
excitatory amino acid damage caused by the ingestion of aspartame and MSG.
A few of
the many experts who have spoken out against the damage being caused by
aspartate and glutamate include Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D., an experimental
psychologist specializing in research design. Another is Olney, a professor in
the department of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Washington University, a
neuroscientist and researcher, and one of the world's foremost authorities on exciting
toxins. (He informed Searle in 1971 that aspartic acid caused holes in the
brains of mice.)
(50 percent of aspartame) Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in the
brain. Persons with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot
metabolize phenylalanine. This leads to dangerously high levels of
phenylalanine in the brain (sometimes lethal). It has been shown that ingesting
aspartame, especially along with carbohydrates, can lead to excess levels of
phenylalanine in the brain even in persons who do not have PKU.
not just a theory, as many people who have eaten large amounts of aspartame
over a long period of time and do not have PKU have been shown to have
excessive levels of phenylalanine in the blood. Excessive levels of
phenylalanine in the brain can cause the levels of seratonin in the brain to
decrease, leading to emotional disorders such as depression.
It was shown in human testing that phenylalanine levels of
the blood was increased significantly in human subjects who chronically used
single use of aspartame raised the blood phenylalanine levels. In his testimony
before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Louis J. Elsas showed that high blood
phenylalanine can be concentrated in parts of the brain and is especially
dangerous for infants and fetuses. He also showed that phenylalanine is metabolized
much more efficiently by rodents than by humans.
of a case of extremely high phenylalanine levels caused by aspartame was
recently published the "Wednesday Journal" in an article titled
"An Aspartame Nightmare." John Cook began drinking six to eight diet
drinks every day. His symptoms started out as memory loss and frequent
headaches. He began to crave more aspartame-sweetened drinks. His condition
deteriorated so much that he experienced wide mood swings and violent rages.
Even though he did not suffer from PKU, a blood test revealed a phenylalanine
level of 80 mg/dl. He also showed abnormal brain function and brain damage.
After he kicked his aspartame habit, his symptoms improved dramatically.
Blaylock points out in his book, early studies measuring phenylalanine buildup
in the brain were flawed. Investigators who measured specific brain regions and
not the average throughout the brain notice significant rises in phenylalanine
levels. Specifically, the hypothalamus, medulla oblongata, and corpus striatum
areas of the brain had the largest increases in phenylalanine. Blaylock goes on
to point out that excessive buildup of phenylalanine in the brain can cause
schizophrenia or make one more susceptible to seizures.
long-term, excessive use of aspartame may provide a boost to sales of seratonin
reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac and drugs to control schizophrenia and seizures.
Methanol (aka wood alcohol/poison)
(10 percent of aspartame)
alcohol is a deadly poison. Some people may remember methanol as the poison
that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead. Methanol
is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame
encounters the enzyme chymotrypsin.
absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol
is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above
86Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when aspartame-containing
product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g., as part of a
"food" product such as Jello).
breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a
deadly neurotoxin. An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol "is considered
a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed. In the
body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formic acid; both of these metabolites
are toxic." They recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day.
one-liter (approx. 1 quart) aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg
of methanol. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products consume as much as
250mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit.
from methanol poisoning include headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea,
gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, vertigo, chills, memory lapses, numbness
and shooting pains in the extremities, behavioral disturbances, and neuritis.
The most well-known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems including
misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration
of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen,
causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and causes birth defects.
Due to the
lack of a couple of key enzymes, humans are many times more sensitive to the
toxic effects of methanol than animals. Therefore, tests of aspartame or
methanolon animals do not accurately reflect the danger for humans. As pointed
out by Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, director of the food science and nutrition
laboratory at Arizona State University, "There are no human or mammalian
studies to evaluate the possible mutagenic, teratogenic or carcinogenic effects
of chronic administration of methyl alcohol."
He was so
concerned about the unresolved safety issues that he filed suit with the FDA
requesting a hearing to address these issues. He asked the FDA to "slow
down on this soft drink issue long enough to answer some of the important
questions. It's not fair that you are leaving the full burden of proof on the
few of us who are concerned and have such limited resources. You must remember
that you are the American public's last defense. Once you allow usage (of
aspartame) there is literally nothing I or my colleagues can do to reverse the
course. Aspartame will then join saccharin, the sulfiting agents, and God knows
how many other questionable compounds enjoined to insult the human constitution
with governmental approval. "Shortly thereafter, the Commissioner of the
FDA, Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr., approved the use of aspartame in carbonated
beverages, he then left for a position with G.D. Searle's public relations
been pointed out that some fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small amounts
of methanol. It is important to remember, however, that methanol never appears
alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much higher amounts. Ethanol
is an antidote for methanol toxicity in humans. The troops of Desert Storm were
"treated" to large amounts of aspartame-sweetened beverages, which
had been heated to over 86 degrees F in the Saudi Arabian sun. Many of them
returned home with numerous disorders similar to what has been seen in persons
who have been chemically poisoned by formaldehyde. The free methanol in the
beverages may have been a contributing factor in these illnesses. Other
breakdown products of aspartame such as DKP (discussed below) may also have
been a factor.
In a 1993
act that can only be described as "unconscionable," the FDA approved aspartame
as an ingredient in numerous food items that would always be heated to above 86
degree F (30 degree C).
DKP is a
byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of
brain tumors. Olney noticed that DKP, when nitrosated in the gut, produced a
compound that was similar to N-nitrosourea, a powerful brain tumor causing
chemical. Some authors have said that DKP is produced after aspartame ingestion.
I am not sure if that is correct. It is definitely true that DKP is formed in liquid
aspartame-containing products during prolonged storage.
Searle conducted animal experiments on the safety of DKP. The FDA found numerous
experimental errors occurred, including "clerical errors, mixed-up
animals, animals not getting drugs they were supposed to get, pathological
specimens lost because of improper handling," and many other errors. These
sloppy laboratory procedures may explain why both the test and control animals
had sixteen times more brain tumors than would be expected in experiments of
ironic twist, shortly after these experimental errors were discovered, the FDA used
guidelines recommended by G.D. Searle to develop the industry-wide FDA standards
for good laboratory practices.
also been implicated as a cause of uterine polyps and changes in blood cholesterol
by FDA Toxicologist Dr. Jacqueline Verrett in her testimony before the U.S. Senate.
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