Is This More-Dangerous-Than-Aspartame Sweetener Hiding in Your Food?
by Joseph Mercola: This
Food Blasts Your Body With Up to 180 Times the Fluoride in Drinking
which is based on the aspartame formula, is 13,000 times sweeter
than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame. It’s
approved for use in a wide array of food products, including baked
goods. However, contrary to internet rumors, neotame is not allowed
in organic foods
is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyl, which blocks
production of phenylalanine, thereby eliminating the need for
a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly metabolize
phenylalanine. 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde is a highly flammable
irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including irritating
to skin, eyes and respiratory system
is used as a substitute for molasses in cattle feed. The product
is marketed as “Sweetos” in India, and according to a press release,
cattle consume more fodder when mixed with Sweetos a statement
that effectively bursts the myth that artificial sweeteners like
neotame are excellent diet aids
One of the
more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial
sweetener called Neotamei.
In the European
Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November
2010, it is known by its “E number,” E961ii.
Made by NutraSweet
(a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of
aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and
about 30 times sweeter than aspartame.
on the aspartame formula despite the fact that 80 percent
of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.
essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyliii
the presence of which ends up reducing the production of
phenylalanine, which allegedly makes it safe for those suffering
from phenylketonuria (PKU).
does not need to bear a PKU warning label like aspartame.)
it may actually be an even more potent and dangerous neurotoxin,
immunotoxin and excitotoxin than aspartame.
of neotame claim that increased toxicity is of no concern because
less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.
own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions,
and there were no independent studies that found neotame to be safe.
On August 16,
2000, the law firm of Hartman & Craven filed comments on the
neotame docket pertaining to the lack of safety data submitted in
support of neotameiv,
stating in part:
additive petition has been submitted to the FDA for the artificial
sweetener neotame. In that petition, the sponsor claims the data
presented demonstrate that the compound produces no adverse effects
at a dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in the rat. The sponsor also claims
that the product should be safe for patients with diabetes. A review
of the data submitted to the FDA does not support these conclusions.
no safe human usage level can be determined based on the submitted
data. The animal experimental evidence indicates a toxic effect
on growth. The clinical evidence raises concerns about glucose control
in patients with diabetes.
for an explanation resolving the adverse findings leave no clear
acceptable answers that would insure the safety of the public but
does stimulate speculation on questions relating to possible liver
Allowed in Organics?
writers have made the claim that neotame is allowed in organic foods,
there does not appear to be any supporting evidence for
this. Ditto for the rumor that it doesn’t have to be listed on the
label. For example, according to a recent article on Sott.netv:
was approved by the FDA for general use in July 2002 ... The FDA
loosened all labeling requirements for Neotame as part of a large-scale
effort to make it a near-ubiquitous artificial sweetener, to be
found on the tabletop, in all prepared foods, even in organics.
It simply does not have to be included in the ingredient list.”
Institute wrote a rebuttal to this internet rumor last year, statingvi:
foods cannot contain synthetic additives, unless these additives
have been petitioned and approved to appear on the National List
of Approved and Prohibited Substances (7 CFR 205.605). Emily Brown
Rosen, Standards Specialist at the USDA’s National Organic Program,
writes about neotame: “For organic food, all additives must appear
on the National List.” Neotame has never been petitioned or approved
for inclusion on the National List, and therefore cannot legally
be added to organic foods.
no evidence, and see no reason to suspect, that any organic certifying
agents would allow organic food manufacturers to violate the federal
standards by adding this synthetic sweetener.
as a direct food additive, neotame must be listed on the ingredients
label, contrary to suggestions that this could be added to food
in a stealth-like manner (21 CFR 101.100). We have not seen any
evidence to suggest that neotame is being added covertly to organic
foods. Not only would organic manufacturers be breaking the law
by adding this synthetic sweetener to organic foods, they would
also be breaking the law by not including Neotame on the ingredient
Why is Neotame
my recommendation for neotame is similar to that for aspartame,
which is: avoid it at all costs if you care about your health.
Neotame is like aspartame on steroids, so while you want to avoid
both, neotame appears to be more toxic. One way of avoiding all
artificial sweeteners is to purchase foods bearing the USDA 100%
Organic label. I don’t believe there’s any reason to suspect organic
foods will contain neotame.
expounded on the many health dangers of aspartame,
and all of those dangers apply equally to neotame. But as if aspartame
wasn't bad enough, NutraSweet “improved" the aspartame formula by
adding 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde, which blocks enzymes that break
the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine, thereby
reducing the availability of phenylalanine. This eliminates the
need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly
also more stable at higher temperatures than aspartame, so it’s
approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked
of the byproducts your body creates by breaking down aspartame is
formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to your health even in very
Furthermore, in a search of PubMed.gov, the U.S. National Library
of Medicine, which has over 11 million medical citations, neotame
fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity
in humans or animals. If neotame was indeed completely safe to ingest,
you would think the NutraSweet Company would have published at least
one double-blind safety study in the public domain?
haven't... Why not?
In and of itself,
3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde is categorized as both highly flammable
and an irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including
irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory systemviii.
Does this sound like something that belongs inside your body?
How Did these
Chemicals Get Approved for Human Consumption?
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could rightfully be accused
of being a “subsidiary" of the Monsanto Company. When you realize
just how many Monsanto executives and employees who have migrated
into positions of power within the FDA and other government agencies,
a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes
guarding the henhouse.
The FDA is
packed by pro-business, pro-corporation advocates who often have
massive conflicts of interest when it comes to protecting the health
of the public. In fact, the revolving door between private industry
and government oversight agencies is so well established these days,
it has become business as usual to read about scandal, conflicts
of interest and blatant pro-industry bias, even when it flies in
the face of science or the law.
and Neotame a Dieters WORST Enemy?
One of the
most effective marketing and PR tactics for artificial sweeteners
has been the claim that they help in the battle against obesity.
Unfortunately, they don't. In fact, the research and the
epidemiologic data suggest the opposite is true, and that
artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame tend to lead
to weight gain.
As I've often
said, there's more to weight gain or weight loss than mere calorie
for aspartame and neotame's potential to cause weight gain is because
phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make
up 90 percent of aspartame and are also present in neotame
are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin;
two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat
storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate
your metabolism. So although you're not ingesting calories in the
form of sugar, aspartame and neotame can still raise your
insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels, in
turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and
a number of our current chronic disease epidemics.
if your body is exposed to too much leptin,
it will become resistant to it, just as your body can become resistant
to insulin, and once that happens, your body can no longer "hear"
the hormonal messages instructing your body to stop eating, burn
fat, and maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste
buds. So, you remain hungry; you crave sweets, and your body stores
more fat... Leptin-resistance also causes an increase in visceral
fat, sending you on a vicious cycle of hunger, fat storage and
an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome
to Cattle Feed to Fatten Livestock...
If you want
more proof that artificial sweeteners like neotame are not
a dieter’s best friend, consider this: neotame is actually used
as a substitute for molasses in cattle feed. The product is marketed
as “Sweetos” in India. The makers of Neotame, in partnership
with an Indian health care company called EnSigns Health Care Pvt
Ltd, introduced the neotame-laced cattle feed sweetener back in
According to the press release:
is an economical substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the
masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability
of feed. This product will be economical for farmers and manufacturers
of cattle feed. It can also be used in mineral mixture,” said Craig
Petray, CEO, The NutraSweet Company, a division of Searle, which
is a part of Monsanto.
are in talks with the animal husbandry department to reach out to
farmers and are trying to tie up with extension services with co-operative
societies as well. Cattle consume more fodder when mixed
with Sweetos. This product has great export potential as
well," said Mohan Nair, chairman, Ensigns Health Care.” [Emphasis
up several disturbing facts... Not only are some countries now producing
animal products that are potentially laced with neotame residues,
but they’re clearly stating that the “diet” sweetener increases
the amount of fodder consumed by the animals, so how exactly is
it supposed to help you lose weight? Loss of appetite control is
never a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight, and the statement
made about Sweetos fodder speaks volumes about neotame’s impact
on your appetite.
How to Report
Adverse Reactions to Aspartame or Neotame
Did you know
that only a fraction of all adverse food reactions are ever reported
to the FDA? This is a problem that only you as the consumer can
have an impact upon. In order to truly alert the FDA to a problem
with a product they've approved, they must be notified – by as many
people as possible who believe they have experienced a side effect.
This mean you can take action against the manufacturers of these
chemicals that continue to put your optimal health at risk, if you
feel you have had a bad reaction to their product.
I urge you,
if you believe you have experienced side effects from aspartame
or neotame, let the FDA know about it!
Please go to
Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed
for your state, and report your adverse reaction.
telling just how many reports they might need before considering
taking another look at the safety of aspartame or neotame, but the
only way to press them is by reporting any and all adverse effects.
And in the meantime, do your health and the health of your family
a favor and treat all foods and drinks that contain aspartame or
neotame as if they were deleterious to your optimal health. Because,
in my opinion, they are.
March 13, 2012
2012 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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