Neotame. What is it?

No! No! Neotame!

Neotame is just another chemical sweetener, and chemical sweeteners are just that--chemicals. Artificial chemical sweeteners make up a "growing" man made category of non-nutritious, chemically amplified sugar substitutes, and they are not natural foods in any form or fashion!

Neotame is simply aspartame, just tweaked a little so it could be eligible for another patent. Like aspartame, neotame is a very potent and highly questionable man-made compound. BUT, neotame does not have to carry the PKU warning on its label, as aspartame is required to do by law, so its addition to products goes without warning. This is a serious problem for those with PKU, anyone who carries the PKU gene, or are PKU recessive.

Just HOW did this happen? Maybe one day we'll find out. Maybe!?

The FDA was petitioned in 1997 to approve neotame for use as a tabletop sweetener, and neotame was finally FDA approved for commercial marketing on July 9, 2002 as a general-use sweetener and flavor enhancer in the flowing foods and beverages:

  • Chewing gum;
  • Carbonated soft drinks;
  • Refrigerated and non-refrigerated ready-to-drink beverages;
  • Frozen desserts and novelties;
  • Puddings and fillings;
  • Yogurt-type products;
  • Baked goods;
  • Candies.

At 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, neotame is the most potent chemical 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.

Asoartame is synthesized from the two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine, which are bonded by methanol. Aspartame breaks down easily and loses its sweetness when heated, and the methanol breaks free inside your body. Neotame contains all the same chemicals 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. Lovely; now your migraine headache just got 8,000 times stronger......

Neotame should still require the PKU warning label because the two amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine were NOT taken out of the formula.

Just another chemical cocktail, guys and girls, but head's up because this one is aspartame on steroids.

Posted April 2010 | Permanent Link

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