I generally avoid artificial sweeteners because they scare me. While I have a lot of friends with lots of allergies to naturally-occurring foodstuffs, the people I know who are sensitive to aspartame are generally healthy and have no other allergies. That worries me. I know the case against aspartame is based on smoke and mirrors, and hysteria, but I prefer not to ingest it. Especially as it doesn't even taste good.
Sucralose is different. It's made from sucrose, with a few -OH groups swapped out for -Cl groups. Woo. A completely mundane nucleophilic substitution reaction. How terrifying. Well, it is to those who don't understand chemistry. Apparently, "sucralose is actually a chemical substance". No shit. Those essentials of life DNA and water are not chemicals, you understand. And sucralose absorbed by the body "has been found to concentrate in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract" - how unlike the places where sugar is stored? But the real evidence for sucralose's evil is this: "Some chlorinated molecules serve as the basis for pesticides such as D.D.T., and accumulate in body fat. You would just as soon have a pesticide in your food as sucralose because sucralose (Splenda) is a chlorocarbon." Oh noes! Let's ban fungi, eucalyptus trees, seaweed and coral, because they pollute our world with toxic organochlorines.
We must be aware that "Any animal that eats chlorine (especially on a regular basis) is at risk of cancer. The Merck Manual and OSHA 40 SARA 120 Hazardous Waste Handbook states that chlorine is a carcinogen and emergency procedures should be taken when exposed via swallowing, inhaling, or through the skin." Yes, if I was eating, drinking or breathing elemental chlorine, I would be concerned. But chlorine atoms as part of a bigger molecule? Please.
I admit I'm a snob about avoiding aspartame because it's "artificial", and that makes me no better than the various people who won't eat anything with "chemicals" in, but at least I don't make up science to suit me. Unlike these people: .
Aspartame is such a heinous poison the FDA stopped counting, after reporting 92 known symptoms caused by Aspartame. These symptoms, btw, include blindness "in one or both eyes", multiple sclerosis and lupus.
Aspartame is a very serious health issue and those who ignore the warnings may deeply regret it someday. Then again, they might not.
On the European Common Market, Aspartame is banned for all children's products. Why is this not the case in Canada and the U.S.? Because Monsanto - which owns the NutraSweet Company which manufactures Aspartame - pays off the FDA, the American Medical Association, The American Dietetic and Diabetic Associations, Congressmen and Senators and virtually anyone who gets in the way, and in other countries too. This one is pure bollocks. Last time I checked, I live in Europe, and "Tooth-Friendly" Ribena is most definitely a children's product. It contains teh evill aspartame.
Diet Coke is poison. And it's addictive, some victims drink several liters a day and keep it on their nightstands. If Coke changes the formula to remove aspartame the world will heal and the surge of hatred and vengeance by the disabled and bereaved shall certainly destroy Coca Cola. Who wouldn't want to heal the world?
And my favourite insane quote of all:
Adolph Hitler's Third Reich killed my grandmother and aunt, Robert Shapiro's NutraSweet® killed my mother. [...] We need to tell the world that the NutraSweet Company is guilty of MURDER and we need to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law as well as all individuals who stood by them and protected them such as the media, Medical Associations(AMA, ADA, JDF, IFIC, Public Voice, etc) congress, FDA, and the Justice department just as they did with Nazi war criminals.
Google if you want the sources - I cba to link to these loons.
I'm particularly amused by the person who's making a living selling a 10 step "get rid of aspartame and save your life" program, which includes the steps:
Be happy with yourself.
Restore depleted nutrients.
Exercise and get plenty of rest.
Eat 75% raw foods at every meal.
Drink water, water, water.
Get control of your life.
Now funnily enough, those steps would probably help most people with long-standing serious health problems. So it must be removing teh evill aspartame that saves them, right?
Also, my favourite "Sucralose is evil!!" quote: Splenda shrinks the thymus (the Christ chakra). *blinks*
In other news, I am profoundly cuted by this site: Mood-brighteners and antidepressant structures and delicious Opioids. Yay, molecules! Although it transpires that mirtazapine has a too many hexagon error (c) barakta.