On Feb. 25, an article was posted at NaturalNews.com regarding the dairy industry’s petitioning of the FDA to approve aspartame as a hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream products. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have filed such a petition asking the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. More importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label as they will be buried within the altered definition of “milk” if said petition is upheld.
Aspartame is comprised of aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methyl ester (wood alcohol). As aspartame enters the small intestine, methanol is released and absorbed into the body. Methanol is then metabolized into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and to formic acid (normally found in the sting of red ants). Due to its low excretion rate, the EPA considers methanol a cumulative poison.
It is recommended that the consumption of methanol be limited to 7.8 milligrams per day. One serving (8 ounces) of a diet beverage contains as much as 14 milligrams. Symptoms of methanol toxicity include vision problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal disorders, weakness, behavioral changes and memory loss.
Aspartame was discovered in the mid-1960s by GD Searle, a Chicago drug company. It is also known as, by or under the names Nutrasweet, Equal, Acesulfame Potassium and Aminosweet and is an artificial sweetener/chemical additive.
Originally approved in 1974, concerns over deficiencies and inconsistencies in GD Searle tests halted the marketing of aspartame in dry foods until 1981, despite it being the most contested chemical additive in FDA history due to causation of brain cancer in lab animals. In 1980 the Public Board of Inquiry voted unanimously to reject the use of aspartame until additional studies could be conducted on its ability to cause potential brain tumors.
Jefferson (March 14)