Here’s a rather nauseating, if not scary, tidbit about an artificial sweetener beloved to humankind. And also to Monsanto. Aspartame. The second most used artificial sweetener in the world, next to saccharine.
Every time you pour those little flecks of NutraSweet® or Equal® into your coffee cup, you’re getting ready to swallow the feces of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.
Here’s how the original 1981 patent describes the process of producing aspartame. The manufacturer clones the bacterial organisms (E. coli) with a DNA that codes for a large stable peptide composed of the repeating amino acid sequence aspartic acid-phenylalanine (Asp-Phe)n. Then the factory cultures these host bacteria in quantity. Naturally, the bacteria end up excreting the peptide. Laboratory assistants then harvest the feces and treat them (benzylate, hydrolyze, methylate, and then debenzylate). The result is aspartame, a dipeptide called Asp-Phe-me with the formula C14H18N2O5.
A British newspaper called The Independent broke this story 15 years ago, but it seems that almost nobody was listening. Michael Ravensthorpe of NaturalNews wrote about it again last August. Everyone must have been too busy doing their summer reading and getting sand in the suntan lotion to pay attention at that time….
Italian environmental scientists and oncologists first revealed the multiple carcinogenic effects of aspartame in research published by the journal Environmental Health Perspectives online in 2005.
The Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center of the European Ramazzini Foundation conducted the long-term bioassay on aspartame in rodents. The study, an integrated project of mega-experiments, is available from the US National Institutes of Health (PMC1392232). The authors found that aspartame [APM] is “a multi-potential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are evident even at a daily dose of 20 mg/kg bw”—much less than the current adult daily intake for humans in the United States, which is 50 mg/kg bw).
Note that the U.S. National Toxicology Program convened a group of pathologists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to provide a second opinion and help with statistical analysis. Also, according to Global Research Canada, “the FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer.”
The original Italian scientific study concluded that the carcinogenicity bioassays it conducted are consistent predictors of human cancer risks, as suggested in three late 20th-century papers (Huff 1999; Rall 1995; Tomatis et al. 1989). Specifically, the Italian researchers found links to malignant tumors, lymphoma and leukemia, female renal pelvic carcinoma, and peripheral nerve malignancy in males.
“The results of our study therefore call for an urgent reexamination of the present guidelines on the use and consumption of APM. The decision to use experimental data to protect public health is important because the time span of widespread APM use is still too brief to have produced solid epidemiologic data.”
How widely is aspartame used? Well, as of eight years ago, more than 200 million people worldwide were consuming it, and probably more by now. At that time, more than 6,000 products contained the artificial sweetener: carbonated and powdered soft drinks, hot chocolate, chewing gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceutical products, such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
Here’s what the people who originally patented aspartame (Bahl, Rose, and White) proudly concluded about their invention:
“Aspartame is not only sweeter than sucrose, but is preferable as a food to sucrose. While sucrose can provide the body with little more than energy, aspartame is composed of amino acids, the building blocks of body proteins, and like other proteins is broken down by the digestive enzymes in the stomach to its constituent amino acids thus providing nutritive value. […] For these reasons, aspartame holds significant promise in replacing sugar as a sweetener.”
Wow. It’s really food. Protein. Stays with you. And guess what? FDA has approved a change of name for aspartame just in time to hoodwink another generation. Aspartame is now going to be called “Amino Sweet.” Yum. Fake micro poop that sounds like natural candy.