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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
THE FDA IS KILLING US
This is a re-post from a colleague, Jill Warren:
So much for the FDA safeguarding our health!
Neotame: 13,000 Times Sweeter Than Sugar And More Toxic Than Aspartame
In the event that the public becomes too informed and savvy about toxic
additives in our food supply, what’s a multi-billion dollar industry to
do? The first step is to create another more toxic version of the
additive. The second step is to collude with regulatory authorities such
as the FDA to convince the public that the new, more toxic additive is
safe. The third and final step is to prevent the toxic additive from
being listed on any ingredient labels. From the folks that brought us
Aspartame, meet Neotame, a deadly sweetener that you’ll never see on a
label because…well that’s just the way the FDA wants it.
Neotame is officially marketed as an inexpensive artificial sweetener
made by NutraSweet, which is a former division of Monsanto and original
manufacturer of aspartame.
Eighty percent of all Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) complaints pertain to aspartame’s adverse
reactions. These reports include: grand mal seizures, brain tumors,
blindness and other health-related problems, including deaths.
Monsanto’s Nick Rosa stated in 1998, that Neotame is “based on the
It is up to 13,000 times sweeter than
sucrose (table sugar). The product is very attractive to food
manufacturers, as its use greatly lowers the cost of production compared
to using sugar or high fructose corn syrup (due to the lower quantities
needed to achieve the same sweetening).
Neotame is aspartame
plus 3-di-methylbutyl, which can be found on the EPA’s list of most
hazardous chemicals. The aspartame formula is comprised of Phenylalanine
[50%], which caused seizures in lab animals and Aspartic Acid [40%],
which caused “holes in the brains” of lab animals — bonded by Methyl
Alcohol, or Methanol [10%] which is capable of causing blindness, liver
damage and death.
Methanol, or wood alcohol in aspartame breaks
down further in heat and in the body, into Formaldehyde (embalming
fluid), Formic Acid (venom in ant stings) and the most deadly of all —
Diketopiperazine (DKP), a brain tumor agent.
When it comes to
human health, neotame is in the same dangerous category as aspartame,
but it is a deadlier neurotoxin, immunotoxin and excitotoxin. The
long-term effects are essentially cell-death.
own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions.
Unfortunately, Monsanto only conducted a few one-day studies in humans
rather than encouraging independent researchers to obtain NIH funding to
conduct long-term human studies on the effects of neotame.
There were NO independent studies that found neotame to be safe. All
industry-funded studies are now being found to be based on very poorly
designed, deceptive and fraudulent research .
This is no
surprise given all of the problems with aspartame industry research and
scientific abuse. It is clear that any neotame research that Monsanto,
industry groups, or consultants of Monsanto should be rejected until
which time more trustworthy, independent research can be conducted. Such
experiments should include independent animals studies and especially
long-term (e.g., 4-5 years+) human studies in various susceptible
Approval and Labeling
approved by the FDA for general use in July 2002, and has now been
approved by the EU. It is also is approved for use in Australia, New
Zealand and Canada.
The FDA loosened all labeling requirements
for Neotame as part of a large-scale effort to make it a near-ubiquitous
artificial sweetener, to be found on the tabletop, in all prepared
foods, even in organics. It simply does not have to be included in the
ingredient list. How’s that for stealth?
If you purchase
processed foods, whether USDA Certified Organic or not, that food may
likely contain Neotame because it is cost-effective, and since no one
knows it is there, there is no public backlash.
The USDA states
that their National Organic Program (NOP) does not permit the use of
neotame in products labeled certified organic, however this is likely a
deceptive ploy to soothe the public’s concerns about this toxic
Since the USDA is controlled by politicians and
lobbyists, it cannot be trusted to protect any of its regulatory
policies. The NOP is a division within the USDA in charge of regulating
the USDA Certified Organic products, labeling, enforcement etc.
Considering the size of this division in comparison to the amount of
organic food they regulate, NOP standards are arguably as lax and
useless as USDA’s conventional foods. The employees that enforce NOP
standards know this very well.
Bottom Line: Don’t trust USDA organic foods and confide in local farms with reputable practices.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Due to corporate greed, it is becoming quite apparent that the entire
food supply is becoming one toxic wasteland that none of us can rely on.
We need to support local farms and move back to sustainble farming
practices that benefit the population rather than harm it.
you’re still consuming processed foods with artificial sweeteners, you
are gambling with your long-term well being. There are no corporations
that serve agribusiness that can be trusted to safeguard public health,
and the regulatory agencies that are officially in charge of that
mandate are in bed with them.