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Dave B
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Re: Aspartame

#21 Post by Dave B » October 5th, 2011, 9:27 am

Latest post of the previous page:

I'm guessing that,
. . . just another unscientific piece of nonsense.
refers to the idea that aspartame is unsafe and not to the blog article that Alan linked? :wink:
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Re: Aspartame

#22 Post by jdc » October 7th, 2011, 5:47 pm

stevenw888 wrote:My initial aversion to aspartame was indeed started by a (snopes-type) email, but subsequently an alarmist 4 page article which appeared in the April 2006 edition of The Ecologist Magazine, authored by Pat Thomas, who used to write regularly for the magazine. I will try to track the article down - it certainly alledged that aspartame was responsible for some serious life threatening conditions. I am a regular subscriber to The Ecologist and am a bit alarmed to think that it might be liable to publish "conspiracy theory" or "woo" journalism. I have always regarded it as a serious, semi-scientific journal.
My 2p-worth: I wouldn't take The Ecologist seriously. I think "unscientific"* might be more a more accurate description than "semi-scientific". There's been a number of reviews of the safety of aspartame, and they've tended to find that the recommended guidelines on safe consumption are fine and that the scaremongering about adverse health effects is just that. (I see a number of useful links have already been posted, but I'll just add a link to this PDF: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/out155_en.pdf.)

*It's not just the aspartame thing - http://oem.bmj.com/content/58/2/136.1.full describes an allegedly defamatory article published by The Ecologist, and written by Martin Walker (a one-man factory of conspiracy theories and nonsense).
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Re: Aspartame

#23 Post by animist » October 7th, 2011, 5:59 pm

Dave B wrote: I have to admit to using Sucron in my coffer and cereals. That's 85% sugar and 15% sacharin. Means that I use about 1/3 my usual sugar and, for some reason, do not get the bitter after-taste that sacharin alone usually gives me.
I am not worried about aspartame, and anyway don't like cola and drink unsweetened tea, but your mention of saccharin reminds me of the horrible taste of the saccharined tea my parents drank! I think the word saccharin has even gone into the language to indicate ersatz over-sweetness with a bitter aftertaste - I doubt that aspartame will suffer the same fate!

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Re: Aspartame

#24 Post by Dave B » October 7th, 2011, 11:01 pm

animist wrote:I think the word saccharin has even gone into the language to indicate ersatz over-sweetness with a bitter aftertaste - I doubt that aspartame will suffer the same fate!
Yup, one sees such deathless prose as, "His saccharin smile . . ." As I said before, Aspartame is great for those who can actually taste it, to me it is totally tasteless. There are artificial sugars that have less calorific value than sucrose, but they have a laxative affect on some, including me. There is also sucralose, even sweeter than saccharin and Aspartame. I have tried that, can't remember why I stopped.
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Re: Aspartame

#25 Post by Alan H » August 2nd, 2015, 7:25 pm

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Re: Aspartame

#26 Post by Tetenterre » August 3rd, 2015, 1:42 pm

Here’s What’s Wrong With That Viral Coca-Cola Graphic


Edit: Oops, sorry, Alan. Saw the "infographic" and, without expanding it to read it, just assumed it was the viral one. I should have known better, so doubly sorry...
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Re: Aspartame

#27 Post by Alan H » August 3rd, 2015, 2:10 pm

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