by Anthony Gucciardi
January 05, 2011
from NaturalNews Website
Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in thousands of products worldwide, has been found to be created using genetically modified (GM) bacteria. What's even more shocking is how long this information has been known. A 1999 article by The Independent was the first to expose the abominable process in which aspartame was created.
Ironically, the discovery was made
around the same time as rich leaders around the globe met at the G8
Summit to discuss the safety of
Both have led to large-scale debate, with aspartame being the subject of multiple congressional hearings and scientific criticism. Scientists and health advocates are not the only ones to speak out against aspartame, however.
The FDA received a flurry of
complaints from consumers using NutraSweet, a product containing
aspartame. Since 1992, the FDA has stopped documenting reports on
In the report by The Independent, Monsanto openly admitted that their mutated bacteria is a staple in the creation process of aspartame.
Multiple studies have been conducted regarding genetic manipulation, with many grim conclusions.
One study found that the more GM corn was fed to mice, the fewer babies they had. Another study, published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences, found that the organs that typically respond to chemical food poisoning were the first to encounter problems after subjects consumed GM foods.
The same study also states that GM foods should not be commercialized.
Consumer groups are now curious as to whether or not other products secretly contain genetically modified ingredients.
Due to the fact that the finished product's DNA does not change when using genetically modified bacteria, it is hard to know for sure. With the FDA ruling against the labeling of GM salmon, it is becoming more of a challenge to determine whether or not a product contains GM ingredients.
Consumers are voicing their opposition for GM ingredients going incognito, with the largest growing retail brand being GMO-free products.
Unveiling the secret process in which
aspartame is created acts as yet another reminder to stay away from
artificial sweeteners, and one should choose natural alternatives
such as palm sugar, xylitol, or stevia.