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Artificial Sweetners

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Some time ago I posted on the dangers and health hazards of using artificial sweeteners. Currently, there is a news flash circulating in this forum that aspartame has been renamed as AminoSweet®. In reality this and several other renaming options began many decades ago, after its entry into the food market.

As concerns about this product rose, several marketing changes took place to keep the substance viable in the food markets. In 1992, Monsanto’s patent on the product expired (ending a 20 year monopoly) thus opening it to competitor’s interest. Monsanto sold the aspartame portion of their business in 2000. Since then the product has undergone several more name and marketing changes.

NutraSweet®, Equal®, Spoonful®, Equal-Measure®, Canderel®, Pal Sweet Diet®, Ajinomoto, Aspartame, and AminoSweet® are all brand names for aspartame. Read labels carefully as some products do not list a brand name but rather the ingredient or warning surrounding phenylalanine. Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Both neurological and physical detriments have been associated with aspartame use.

Dianna Richardson, ND 11/16/2016

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