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NutraSweet™ is the trademark name for aspartame. It is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Methanol, which composes 10% of the product, is wood alcohol, an acknowledged deadly poison. The FDA approved aspartame for food use in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. Independent researchers had such concern about the safety of aspartame that it influenced Dr. Woodrow C. Monte, Director of the Food Science and Nutrition Laboratory at Arizona State University, to file suit with the FDA. He went on to comment that “it’s not fair that you are leaving the full burden of proof on the few of us who are concerned and have such limited resources. You must remember that you are the American public’s last defense. Once you allow usage of aspartame, there is literally nothing I or my colleagues can do to reverse the course. Aspartame will then join saccharin, the sulfating agents, and God knows how many other questionable compounds enjoined to insult the human constitution with governmental approval.” Following is a list of the growing evidence that aspartame is not a beneficial substance and consumption of it should be avoided.
Splenda™, the brand name for the sugar-derivative sucralose, is claimed to be converted from cane sugar to a no-calorie sweetener. Further claims are that sucralose is not recognized as sugar by the body and therefore is not metabolized. Splenda is marketed as a “healthful” and “natural” product since it is derived from sugar. However, its chemical structure is very different from that of sugar, and sucralose is actually a chemical substance. Sucralose was discovered in 1976 by researchers working under the auspices of Tate & Lyle Ltd., a large British sugar refiner. Sucralose is made form sucrose by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups to yield 1,6-dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-BETA-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranoside. The manufacturer of Splenda™ has patented several chemical processes for making the chlorinated chemical compound it calls sucralose. The patent literature illustrates that sucralose can be chemically manufactured from starting materials that do not require natural sugar. In one patent, for example, the manufacturer constructs sucralose from raffinose by substituting atoms of chlorine for hydroxyl groups in raffinose. Raffinose is a molecule found naturally in beans and onions and other plants, but unlike natural sucrose, it has very little taste. In another patented process, three atoms of chlorine are substituted for three hydroxyl groups in sucrose. The end product of both of these manufacturing processes is an entirely new chlorocarbon chemical called sucralose. Each molecule of sucralose contains three atoms of chlorine, which makes it 600 times sweeter than a natural molecule of sugar, which contains no chlorine.
1 Gold MD. “The bitter truth about artificial sweeteners.” 30 April 1998. Online posting.
 “Formaldehyde poisoning from aspartame.” Online posting. Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center. America On Line, 30 April, 1998.
 “Chronic methanol/formaldehyde poisoning from aspartame.” Online posting. Holisticmed.com. America OnLine, 30 April, 1998.
 “Reported aspartame toxicity effects.” Online posting, Holisticmed.com. America OnLine 30 April, 1998.
 “Analysis shows nearly 100% of independent research finds problems with aspartame.” 17 October, 1996. Online posting. Aspartame (NutraSweet) Toxicity Information Center. America OnLine, 30 April, 1998.
 FDA/CFSAN Federal Register 64 FR 16417 April 3, 1998—Final Rule: Sucralose.
 Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. http://www.holisticmed.com/splenda/.
 New Scientist, 23 November 1991, volume 132, page 13.
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