Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found on New Zealand product labels such as Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Eclipse Mints and V Sugar Free, renamed Artificial Sweetener 951.

Aspartame was accidently discovered in 1965 by James Schlatter, an American chemist at G.D. Searle as he was working on an ulcer drug. It is made using genetically manipulated microorganisms to produce sweet tasting peptides, found to be 100 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose but with zero calories.  It was approved as an artificial sweetener by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981 and has had its share of controversies since. In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, and then in 2000 sold the NutraSweet Company to J.W. Childs and sold Equal to Merisant, who both to this day still manufacture and market the sweetener. It is the world’s most popular artificial sweetener and is a multi-million dollar industry. NutraSweet and Equal are the two most commonly known table top sweeteners, but it is also used in chewing gum, weight loss products, sugar free drinks and even children’s multi-vitamins.

In the 80’s scientists raised serious concerns regarding the safety of Aspartame after studies found a correlation between an increase in brain cancer rates and consumption of aspartame after it was introduced to the consumer market. This conclusion was also found in animal studies performed 20 years earlier which produced similar results. Also of concern was the accuracy of the safety studies performed by Searle, revealed by the then FDA Director that there was “a pattern of conduct which compromises the scientific integrity of the studies” which led to approval of the sweetener being put on hold. The FDA then had two separate panels of experts evaluate the cancer issues, with both panels finding that approval should be delayed until further studies were performed due to an indication it may cause brain cancer. It should be of no surprise that industry sponsored studies all found that there was no issues regarding the safety of Aspartame, but nearly all of the independently funded studies performed concluded otherwise. What do you find more trustworthy; studies funded by those who have a vested financial interest in the product or independent studies performed by scientists wanting to find the truth?

Monsanto is already well known for its revolving door with the FDA, where former employees are placed into positions of power within the FDA to ensure less resistance against any controversial new products. This report prepared by the US General Accounting Office (GAO) addresses the revolving door issue. Despite all the scientific studies showing dangers associated with Aspartame, the FDA appointed a new commissioner who went ahead and approved it as being safe.

Here is an excellent list of New Zealand products to stay well away from. As a guideline, whenever you read the phrase ‘sugar free’, think ‘chemical shit-storm’.

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  1. Rick

    Yes, I can vouch for the validity of how bad this stuff is. I was having all kinds of gastric problems, severe migraine headaches and bleeding bowels. I stopped drinking Diet Coke and within two weeks all my problems were gone.
    It is also linked to:
    Change in vision
    Nausea and vomiting
    Insomnia / sleep problems
    Abdominal and joint pains
    Change in heart rate
    Memory loss
    Brain cancer
    So, go on. Have a Diet Coke.


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