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  • Series: Nutrasweet : Is It Safe?
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Charles Press Publishers (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914783580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914783589
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book to detail the troubled history of Nutrasweet, a synthetic sweetener used by 100 million Americans. It has been blamed for such symptoms as headache, hyperactivity in children, and increased carbohydrate craving. The Food and Drug Administration continues to approve use of it in more and more products, while many health professionals continue to urge caution and moderation. Roberts sees overuse of Nutrasweet as a major public health threat. He bases his polemic on his clinical observations, review of the literature, correspondence with members of the scientific community, and careful medical histories of "aspartame reactors." While this is not easy reading, it is an important book for consumer health collections.
- Evelyn L. Mott, Palm Beach Cty. P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents (abbreviated)
Introduction
Aspartame and its approval
Aspartame consumption and promotion
Professional concern
Data base of reactors to aspartame products and description of the reactions
The FDA statistics
Aspartame in the body
Public health implications (including high-risk groups, and issues of brain tumors and Alzheimer's disease)
Corporate and editorial resistance
Legal ramifications
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By FOX on March 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
A MUST READ BOOK.

I read this book many years ago, long before they had to start putting all the warning labels on every product now containing Aspartame.

Donald Rumsfeld, left government to become CEO of Searle and his job was to put Aspartame in just about every food and drink on the planet.

Now, Searle is no longer the company that is listed on NutraSweet and Equal packets, but now the company on those products is listed as MONSANTO. Yes that IS the same company responsible for producing "agent orange"

The reason there are so many new illnesses and diseases that we never had before the early 80s when Aspartame was first put into all our drinks and food, is because of Aspartame.

As this book is several years old, it does not mention the dangers of Acesulfame-K or Sucralose, the NEW stuff they are putting in food and drinks as people are becoming aware of the dangers of Aspartame and trying to avoid it!

Even the name Sucralose (brand name is Splenda) is deceptively close in spelling to "sucrose" which is just natural sugar. This way, when you read through the ingredients at the store, you might confuse Sucralose for Sucrose. Clever, huh?

Even regular products that are NOT labeled as "sugar free" now contain one or all of these chemicals! Look at REGULAR SUGAR gum and see how Aspartame, Sucralose and Ace-K are in them now!

It is getting ridiculous.

If you want a SAFE NATURAL alternative to sugar, then try STEVIA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John on June 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let's be objective and study Roberts' science.

First, there are NO acceptable, reproducible scientific papers questioning the safety of aspartame. But there are conspiracy theorists arguing this point, who profit from books, false treatments, and other misleading innuendo by claiming that there are accepted, reproducible scientific papers.

Here are the facts. Only methanol amongst aspartame degradation products presents any risk to normal people---phenylalanine and aspartate are found in greater concentrations in normal foods, like milk and meat. Methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde and formate--both are chemically directly converted by the (tetrahydro)folate vitamin system into very valuable methyl groups. These methyl groups detoxify homocysteine and protect DNA (thymine). For more on its cycle see the figure at the top of p 3000 here, [...].

Formate and formaldehyde are [quoting another] "produced in the body during the endogenous demethylation of many compounds, including many foods and drugs. For example, the demethylation of the caffeine found in one cup of coffee produces 30 mg of formaldehyde (Imbus, 1988). Formaldehyde is essential in one-carbon pool intermediary metabolism. The metabolite of formaldehyde, formic acid, is a substrate for purine nucleotide synthesis (Sheehan and Tully, 1983). It can be calculated that more than 50,000 mg [that's 50 g] of formaldehyde is produced and metabolized in an adult human body daily and that an adult human liver will metabolize 22 mg of formaldehyde per minute (Clary and Sullivan, 1999). Consequently, it is quite clear that formaldehyde from aspartame provides a trivial contribution to total formaldehyde exposure and metabolism in the body" (p 18 in and refs from [...]).
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27 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was warned by my OB not to use aspartame when we were trying to conceive; fortunately I'd already read this book and have done everything I can to avoid aspartame since. I have a friend would black out and was eventually diagnosed with "panic attacks" at Scripps; it turned out to be aspartame poisoning. Since she's steered clear of this, the attacks disappeared. Read the book and heed the doctor's advice! You wouldn't drink wood alcohol, would you? It's part of the aspartame molecule.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Just how safe is the artificial sweetener aspartame (more commonly known as NutraSweet), currently used in many thousands of products and consumed by hundreds of millions of people? Readers may be surprised to learn that a number of common medical problems are actually adverse reactions to products containing aspartame. Author H. J. Roberts, MD, a board-certified internist with impressive credentials, first became suspicious of aspartame when he encountered an increasing number of patients with a wide variety of symptoms, like headaches, mood swings, memory loss, dizziness, depression, insomnia, diarrhea and anxiety, among others. Based in hundreds of case studies, Roberts concluded that these unexplained symptoms were actually reactions to products containing aspartame. The book not only looks at the clinical picture of aspartame, but describes how it received FDA approval without undergoing testing in humans and how the U.S. Senate allowed this well-financed chemical additive to receive government approval.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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I found this book a couple of years ago at the campus library where I live. I found it very informative, especially since I know many people with the symptoms described in the book. Not long after I found it at te libary it disappeared. Since I discovered it here, I made sure I bought a copy. It is definately a must-read for anyone.
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