Neotame – Hidden danger in holiday food supply

19 Jun

Neotame is an artificial sweetener made by NutraSweet that is between 7,000 and 13,000 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). The product is attractive to food manufacturers as its use greatly lowers the cost of production compared to using sugar or high fructose corn syrup (due to the lower quantities needed to achieve the same sweetening)

By Mary Nash Stoddard
The Aspartame Consumer Safety Network

Everyone wants to indulge a sweet tooth at this festive time of year,   without suffering the inevitable consequences of weight gain. But, be   aware of the hidden (not listed on ingredient labels) dangers of  Neotame  sweetener in almost everything consumed by humans, and now even  in feed  for livestock raised for human consumption.

In 1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval for a monster molecule,   “based on the aspartame formula” with one critical addition:   3-dimethylbutyl [listed on EPA’s most hazardous chemical list]. Neotame   is touted as being 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.

On July 5, 2002 – Monsanto’s Neotame molecule was approved by the  US  FDA over formally registered objections of the Aspartame Consumer   Safety Network and others. (Long term effects on humans are unknown.)   Read the full release on The Aspartame Consumer Safety Network.

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:

  1. USDA Certified Organic food items.
  2. Certified Kosher products with the official letter k inside the circle on labels.

Ever ready to give the public what it craves – guilt-free, low   calorie treats that taste as good as sugar, is the multi billion dollar   sweetener industry. The sugar industry pales by comparison, in the   profit generating arena. Fake sugars, in the form of Aspartame and now   the Aspartame super clone, Neotame, give ‘foodies’ and fitness fanatics   false hope and the empty promise that all can ‘have our cake and eat  it,  too.’ Not necessarily so.

Controversy has swirled around the artificial sweetener, Aspartame,   now also known as AminoSweet, since its FDA approval in 1982. Virtually   all corporate sponsored scientific studies show aspartame to be   perfectly safe. Virtually all independently done studies show just the   opposite. In the lab, Aspartame was shown to cause the following forms   of cancers: brain tumors, pancreatic tumors, breast tumors and uterine   tumors. Five deaths are registered with FDA. In more recent tests,   leukemia, lymphoma and kidney cancers were discovered as well.

There is a parallel issue with which to compare the Aspartame issue.   That of cigarettes and the deadly effects of smoking. The massive   Tobacco Industry is able to produce large volumes of scientific studies   showing smoking does not cause: lung cancer, heart disease, strokes or   death. Today, mainstream science accepts the fact that smoking can be   deadly and addictive. So it is with Aspartame, whose approval was based,   not on scientific fact, but as an issue of public policy.

One form of subliminal advertising, called Product Placement, was   successfully used in the 30′s through the 60′s, by the Tobacco Industry,   in films, later on television and in newspaper articles. Product   Placement has been successfully employed, in like manner, for Aspartame   products, such as diet sodas, etc. Popular actors on sit coms asking   pointedly for a Diet Coke, for example. Only once, in the film, I Love   Trouble, have I noted seeing a diet drink consumed by the villain. This   was in a film about a mythical chemical company which produced a   neurotoxic bovine growth hormone product. Sound familiar?

Ironically, prior to U.S. government approval of this controversial   new sweetener, Neotame was approved by the regulatory agency in   Australia, the day after Donald Rumsfeld (former CEO of the drug company   that falsified tests to gain Aspartame approval in the U.S.), was in   that country for a one day meeting with government officials.   Coincidence? Maybe.

What’s the latest, in-your-face, profit making method utilized by the   makers of Neotame, partnering with a Health Care company in India?   The  most recent Press Release from the company explains novel new uses   proposed for the ubiquitous new Aspartame formula-based sweetener,   Neotame (Sweetos):

EnSigns Health Care Pvt Ltd and The NutraSweet Co USA have   recently launched ‘Sweetos’, a cattle feed sweetener. Sweetos has been   developed with Neotame, a high intensity sweetener.

Amino acids based sweetener Neotame is 8,000 to 13,000 times sweeter   than sugar and is a patented product of the NutraSweet Co USA. Ensigns   is one of the leading manufacturer of Sweetos, low calorie sweeteners   for the food industry. Together the two companies have launched this   sweetener to be added to cattle feed.

Presently, molasses is used as a feed sweetener to mask the low   palatable taste of certain non-conventional feed ingredients. But, the   prices of molasses have sky rocketed due to its use as a raw material in   alcohol production and other chemical manufacturing industries.   Besides, there are stringent regulatory measures for purchase and use of   molasses.

“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.

Sweetos is 20 per cent cheaper than molasses, which costs Rs 14 per   kg. While Sweetos is priced at Rs 11 per kg, which is available in both   powder and liquid form. Ensigns’ has a manufacturing facility at   Wagholi, where the company manufactures low calorie sweeteners for the   food and beverage (F&B) industry containing sucralose. “We are in   talks with the animal husbandry department to reach out to farmers and   are trying to tie up with extension services with co-operative societies   as well. Cattle consume more fodder when mixed with Sweetos. This   product has great export potential as well,” said Mohan Nair, chairman,   Ensigns Health Care.

The NutraSweet Company is looking at launching the same product in   Brazil soon. It will also launch tabletop sweeteners and products in   India. India also has approved the usage of Neotame in the F&B   industry in July 2010. Ensigns, therefore, also plans to replace its   sucralose based sweetening products with Neotame soon.

Diet sweeteners being used to fatten cattle, by causing them to eat   more feed, before they become your favorite burger, steak, cheese or   other dairy product? This NutraSweet produced document proves our point   that Aspartame, Neotame and related sweeteners cause weight gain, loss   of appetite control (and cancers) – in animals and humans.

Find out more about which neuroexcitatory sweeteners are in your   foods, beverages and chewing gums. Eliminating them could be a life   saving decision.


Mary Nash Stoddard is a freelance journalist, lecturer, expert   medical witness, former member President’s Council on Food Safety,   voting member Texas Radio Hall of Fame and founder of Aspartame Consumer   Safety Network and Pilot Hotline (1987-present). Mary edits the   toxicology source book, Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame. Her   articles appear regularly in print publications and on the Internet on a   Food Safety Blog:

Stoddard’s POV:
ACSN site:

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Education, Health


Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: