The European patent for aspartame is now available online, and it confirms the artificial sweetener is made from the waste products of genetically modified E. coli bacteria.
Though this fact was reported as early as 1999, not much attention was paid at the time to aspartame and its maker Monsanto, which was allegedly adding GM aspartame to soft drinks in Britain.
The patent refers to "cloned microorganisms" later revealed to be genetically modified E. coli bacteria. They are modified to produce an especially large peptide used to create aspartame.
The cultivated and well-fed bacteria then produce proteins which contain the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment required to produce the sweetener.
The bacteria waste is then treated to turn the large peptide and a free carboxyl group into a dipeptide. The the dipeptides are then treated with alcohol and methanol to produce aspartame.
Controversy has steadily grown around genetically modified foods and GM giant Monsanto. Coke recently ran an ad campaign defending their use of aspartame, saying studies support the product's safety.
Need a tooth pick with that DIEt Coke and a smile??? ;)
Aspartame as well as the other artificial sweeteners are disgustingly revolting! I don't drink any cola or carbonated soft drinks. No wonder people are so sick.
There's enough grease in that bad boy to kill a small country. Can't help keep looking at it :-)
Wasn't Rumsfeld involved in the creation of Aspartame?
Yes he was. He was on the board of directors of Searl Pharmaceutical. He then went on to lobby the FDA to approve it while he held a cabinet position under Reagan. FDA denied its' use 4 times then Rumsfeld made sure that an extra person was added to the advisory panel to get the tie breaker vote.
It causes cancer, neurological disorders, seizures, diabetes, and God knows what else. In their own studies, it killed 80% of the monkeys that they tested it on.
Rummy tried to get it FDA approved in 1972 ;_)
FDA said hell no, this shit is poison
.....we've come along way baby ;)
Beware of stevia cut with birch bark, it has a very bitter aftertaste.