E951 or aspartame is found in nearly every child’s drink – cordial, sodas – apart from fruit juices.
Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study
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Thankfully, I have been aware of the various dangers of Aspartame for quite a while, and both of my daughters have been given drinks that do not contain this poison. It takes some label reading, but there are beverages availble without.
You can thank Donald Rumsfeld who at the time was CEO of Searle who ‘discovered’ it.
As stated on this blog before it’s name is now being changed to Aminosweet – http://the-tap.blogspot.co.uk/
The time line of Aspartame (Aminosweet):
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in diet soda and over 6,000 other sugar-free or “diet” products. New research1 linking aspartame to cancer in some individuals has sparked a flurry of commentary, including an “apology” from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard University teaching facility, for promoting the results2.I first found out about the study when ABC News contacted me and requested that I provide them with a comprehensive analysis of this 40-page study within an hour. Fortunately, I have extensively reviewed this topic and was able to provide their requested review.Funding was provided by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).The Harvard hospital originally sent out a press release with the headline: “The truth isn’t sweet when it comes to artificial sweeteners.” Alas, just half an hour before the release of the study, the hospital suddenly got cold feet, issuing the following statement:“Upon review of the findings, the consensus of our scientific leaders is that the data is weak, and that BWH Media Relations was premature in the promotion of this work. We apologize for the time you have invested in this story.”According to Erin McDonough3, senior vice president of communication and public affairs, this was “the first time something like this had ever happened in her 25 years of working in media relations.”NBC News stated4:“Not all science deserves publicity. Some is not done well. Some comes to equivocal conclusions and serves solely to alert other researchers of the need for further study. The research… about a potential cancer from aspartame falls squarely in that second category. If such a study does get attention, it can often increase the confusion and anger that many people feel about science in general – and the study of possible risks and benefits of our diet, in particular.”None of this surprises me. After all, can you imagine the liability the food and beverage industries, not to mention virtually every public health agency in the US, would face were there convincing evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic? They simply cannot afford such evidence to be accepted.But make no mistake about it, this study is of great importance because it’s the most comprehensive and longest human study — spanning 22 years — that has ever looked at aspartame toxicity. The study evaluates the effect between
aspartame intake and cancer, and they found a clear
association between aspartame consumption and
non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia.
Ignoring First Long-Term Human Study Would Be a MAJOR Mistake
This is the first large-scale observational human study to report an association between aspartame consumption and blood cancers. The long-term nature of this study is really crucial because one of the primary tricks companies use to hide the toxicity of their products is short-term tests.As the study mentions, the longest study prior to this one was only four and half months, far too short to reveal any toxicity from chronic exposure. Unfortunately, because there are so many of these short-term trials, they get away with saying that aspartame is one of the most studied food additives ever made and no health concerns have ever been discovered. The beverage industry was quick to respond5 to the study saying aspartame has been “deemed safe for decades by the world’s leading toxicologists.”Well, they simply didn’t look long enough! But the average person does not realize that all those industry-funded studies were so pathetically short, and the media doesn’t inform them of this fact either. Hence, people are easily misled.A number of animal studies have clearly documented the association between aspartame and cancer, as the study points out. But what most researchers do not appreciate is that humans are the only animals that do NOT have the protective mechanism to compensate for methanol toxicity. So evaluating methanol toxicity in animals is a flawed model for testing human toxicity.This is due to alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). In humans, methanol is allowed to be transported in the body to susceptible tissues where this enzyme, ADH, then converts it to formaldehyde, which damages protein and DNA that lead to the increased risk of cancer and autoimmune disease.Interestingly, the previous AARP Diet and Health Study, which did not find an association with aspartame and cancer, used fruit juice as the control. Most are unaware that canned or bottled fruit juice is loaded with methanol that dissociates from the pectin over time and can actually cause similar problems as aspartame. This does not occur in freshly consumed fruits and vegetables, only ones that are bottled or canned. Hence no major difference could be discerned between the aspartame and the control group.
- Anonymous said…
- You do need to watch the fruit squashes for sucralose/splenda and glucose-fructose syrup (HFCS); one or both of these are present in some varieties as well as lots of other cheap foodstuffs.
Sainsbury’s Orange Squash: Orange Juice From Concentrate (50%), Sugar, Orange Comminute From Concentrate (15%), Water, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid.
Sainsbury’s Orange Squash, no added sugar: Orange Juice From Concentrate (50%), Water, Orange Fruit From Concentrate (15%), Citric Acid, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate; Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite; Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid; Sweetener: Sucralose.
Tesco seem particularly enamoured with aspartame.
Tesco Everyday Value Orange Squash): Water, Comminuted Orange From Concentrate (11%), Citric Acid ,Flavourings, Sweeteners (Sodium Saccharin, Aspartame), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Stabilisers (Carboxymethylcellulose, Acacia), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Colour (Beta-Carotene)
But hey, it’s 42p for 750mls…
Tesco regular Orange Squash: Water, Comminuted Orange From Concentrate (26%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavourings, Malic Acid, Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Stabilisers (Carboxymethylcellulose, Acacia), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Colour (Beta-Carotene)
Robinson’s manages to have both sugar and sweetener in at the same time: Water, Orange Fruit from Concentrate (10%), Sugar, Citric Acid, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Saccharin), Natural Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Stabiliser (Cellulose Gum), Natural Colour (Carotenes), Contains a source of Phenylalanine
“The production of HFCS involves vats of murky fermenting liquid, various enzymes, fungus and chemical tweaking, all of which take place in one of 16 chemical plants located in the Corn Belt.
HFCS is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. Basically, white starch is turned into crystal clear syrup. The process is much more complicated of course.
Most of the corn is grown as a monoculture, meaning that the land is used solely for corn, not rotated among crops. Monocultures can deplete the nutrients in soil and lead to erosion, so they require more pesticides and fertilizer. Then of course, add to the mix the fact that it stems from GM corn and you have the ultimate Franken-syrup sweetener.”
“Sucralose begins as a sugar molecule but is chemically changed to a synthetic that includes the addition of three highly poisonous chlorine molecules in a patented, five step process.”
“Splenda/sucralose is simply chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethelene and methylene chloride, all deadly. Chlorine is nature’s Doberman attack dog, a highly excitable, ferocious atomic element employed as a biocide in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WWI poison gas and hydrochloric acid.”