BAN Neotame As a General-Use Sweetener and Flavor enhancer.
BAN Neotame As a General-Use Sweetener and Flavor enhancer.
Neotame. What is it? Where did it come from? In what products is it found?
Neotame is yet another chemical sweetener, and chemical sweeteners are just that--chemicals. They are a manmade category of non-nutritious, chemically amplified sugar substitutes, and are not a natural form of food at all. Currently, the list of unsafe chemical sweeteners includes:
On the relative sweetness scale with sugar (sucrose) = 1, neotame is 13,000 sweeter than sugar. Whoa.
Compound Sweetness Rating
Acesulfame K 200x sucrose
Alitame 2,000x sucrose
Aspartame 180x sucrose
Cyclamate 30x sucrose
Neotame 13,000x sucrose
Saccharin 300x sucrose
Sucralose 600x sucrose
At 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, neotame is the most potent sweetener marketed today. Neotame has changed hands from its original patent holder Monsanto Chemical Company, to The NutraSweet Co., to J. W. Childs Partnership, and now to Pharmacia. Neotame, simply a modified version of aspartame, contains all the same elements found in aspartame and more: the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, plus two organic groups, one known as a methyl ester group and the other as a neohexyl group. Joined together, these components equal 8,000 teaspoons of sugar.
Like aspartame, neotame is a very potent and questionable compound, but it does not have to carry the PKU warning, as aspartame is required by law to do, so its addition to all products goes without warning. This is a serious problem for those with PKU, who carry the PKU gene, and are PKU recessive.
The FDA was petitioned in 1997 to approve neotame for use as a tabletop sweetener, and neotame was FDA approved for commercial marketing on July 9, 2002 as a general-use sweetener and flavor enhancer in foods and beverages. Currently, no commercial U.S. products exist, but in October 2002 neotame was approved for public use in:
Carbonated soft drinks
Refrigerated and non-refrigerated ready-to-drink beverages
Frozen desserts and novelties
Puddings and fillings
A number of beverages have recently been introduced in Australia and New Zealand where neotame received its first approval in August 2001. It is also approved in the People's Republic of China, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Neotame is just another chemical cocktail. As with aspartame, neotame is also a flavor enhancer. Glenn Corliss, senior food scientist for The NutraSweet Company, stated, "Studies have shown that neotame modifies flavors at nonsweetening levels and that it works well to modify the taste of soy. In addition, it works well in combination with other sweeteners. There are a number of product applications for neotame--liquids, chewing gum--where it extends sweetness and flavor."
Neotame, the Stealth Additive–artificial sweetener that can be added to our food, even organic food, without disclosure
The eugenics food additive industry, Monsanto, G.D. Searle, and NutraSweet Co. did it again–inventing a breakthrough artificial chemical sweetener, Neotame. It’s a breakthrough because:
- It is NOT required to be disclosed in the annoying “List of Ingredients”, and
- It undermines legitimacy of and confidence in the “Organic” label.
Neotame is a highly concentrated artificial food sweetener (40 times sweeter than NutraSweet, 8000 times sweeter than sucrose or ordinary “table sugar”). As a food ingredient you’d think it would be listed in the “List of Ingredients”. You’d be wrong. Neotame is NOT required to be listed.
Food ingredients that are “trace ingredients” (that are a “flavor, or flavor enhancer”) under FDA rules do NOT have to be named individually in the food’s “List of Ingredients.” (Source1: FDA, 21 CFR 101.100(a)(3), and Source2) Because Neotame is so highly concentrated it takes only an insignificant “trace” to flavor (i.e., sweeten) foods and, thus, does NOT have to be disclosed. QED
Is Neotame safe? You decide:
- Neotame was tested on humans for only 13 weeks by its manufacturer before being approved by the FDA. (Source, pg. 4)
- Codex Alimentarius has “permitted the use of neotame as sweetener in various foods.” (Source)
- Neotame is approved to be added to foods under USDA Certified classification “Contains Organic Ingredients”–without any disclosure to consumers. (Source)
USDA Certified Organic’s Dirty Little Secret: Neotame
By Barbara H. Peterson
Just when we thought that buying “Organic” was safe, we run headlong into the deliberate poisoning of our organic food supply by the FDA in collusion with none other than the folks who brought us Aspartame. NutraSweet, a former Monsanto asset, has developed a new and improved version of this neurotoxin called Neotame.
Neotame has similar structure to aspartame — except that, from it’s structure, appears to be even more toxic than aspartame. This potential increase in toxicity will make up for the fact that less will be used in diet drinks. Like aspartame, some of the concerns include gradual neurotoxic and immunotoxic damage from the combination of the formaldehyde metabolite (which is toxic at extremely low doses) and the excitotoxic amino acid. (Holisticmed.com)
But surely, this product would be labeled! NOT SO!!! For this little gem, no labeling required. And it is even included in USDA Certified Organic food.
The food labeling requirements required for aspartame have now been dropped for Neotame, and no one is clear why this was allowed to happen. Neotame has been ruled acceptable, and without being included on the list of ingredients, for:
- USDA Certified Organic food items.
- Certified Kosher products with the official letter k inside the circle on labels. (Janet Hull)
Let me make this perfectly clear. Neotame does not have to be included in ANY list of ingredients! So, if you buy processed food, whether USDA Certified Organic or not, that food most likely will contain Neotame because it is cost-effective, and since no one knows it is there, there is no public backlash similar to what is happening with Aspartame. A win/win situation!
But that’s not all. Just love chowing down on that delicious steak? Well, that cow most likely will have been fed with feed containing…..you guessed it…..Neotame! A product called “Sweetos,” which is actually composed of Neotame, is being substituted for molasses in animal feed.
“Sweetos 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. (Bungalow Bill)
Why would we feed animals food that is so distasteful that we would have to mask the unpleasantness with an artificial sweetener? Most animals will not eat spoiled, rancid feed. They know by the smell that it is not good. Enter Sweetos (Neotame). Just cover up the unpleasant tastes and odors, and you can feed them anything you want to, courtesy of the oh, so considerate folks at Monsanto and company.
But of course, Monsanto is no longer associated with NutraSweet. In the time-honored tradition of covering its assets, Monsanto has a proven track record of spinning off controversial portions of its company that generate too much scrutiny, such as it did with the Solutia solution.
Says the Farm Industry News, “Monsanto, which has long resided in the crosshairs of public scorn and scrutiny, appears to have dodged at least one bullet by spinning off its industrial chemical business into a separate entity called Solutia a couple of years ago. Solutia has since been hammered by lawsuits regarding PCB contamination from what were once called Monsanto chemical plants in Alabama and other states” (Source Watch)
So what is the solution to this problem? Buy local organic food, know your local farmer, and don’t buy processed foods whether they are labeled “Organic” or not. This requires a drastic change in lifestyle that most will not want to make. For those who choose to ride the wheel of chance by succumbing to this genocidal adulteration of our food supply by those who stand to profit from our sickness and early demise, my only comment is….it is your choice. But for those of us who have decided to fight this battle one bite at a time by hitting these sociopaths in the pocketbook where it hurts……viva la revolucion!
(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson
UPDATE: For an in-depth look at this with source material from government sites, please go here: The USDA’s Organic Deception