Some of you might remember that I wrote about aspartame back in July. Rounding up some scientific articles and investigating how this crap was approved in the first place, it was quite a learning experience. But today, an article has come out about Ajinomoto, a top manufacturer of aspartame, who has picked and pulled “evidence” out of existing reports (no, they did no new research) to proclaim that aspartame is safe. From NewsTarget:
The panel of experts was called together by the Burdock Group, a consulting firm that earns its money from food and grocery manufacturers like Ajinomoto. The Ajinomoto company was reportedly not allowed to actually choose which panel members would be part of the aspartame safety review, but industry critics like Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), responded by saying, “They say Ajinomoto paid for the study but researchers didn’t know who paid. Well, they knew it was industry. And some of these people are longstanding industry consultants.”
What we have here is a case of yet more pro-aspartame propaganga being paraded around as legitimate science. It’s really more of a junk science fraud fest designed to prop up the aspartame industry a little longer even as new science keeps coming out showing the chemical sweetener to be potentially quite dangerous to health.
For the Ajinomoto company to fund a review by paying money to an industry-friendly consulting group that coincidentally happens to find aspartame to be perfectly safe strains credibility to such a degree that only a fool would put any weight in this announcement. It’s like the R.J. Reynolds company announcing nicotine is not addictive, or Coca-Cola declaring that high fructose corn syrup does not promote obesity.
And while learning that a company funds crappy science to promote it’s own product is not surprising, the author of this article goes even further…to remind us of the things that we were once (or still are) being told about product safety:
– Nicotine is not addictive.
– Fat-free foods won’t make you fat.
– Margarine is healthier than butter.
– Eggs cause high cholesterol.
– Vioxx is perfectly safe.
– Monosodium glutamate is safe for infants.
– Everyone should drink fluoride to have healthy teeth.
– Thalidomide harms no one.
– High fructose corn syrup doesn’t cause obesity.
– Tens of millions of children need to be on Ritalin.
– Food coloring chemicals are safe for children to consume in unlimited quantities.
– Pesticides are not harmful to humans.
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