Neotame.. the Latest Big Agra Money Grab

Neotame is a relatively new artificial sweetener that has yet to become a household name like aspartame (Nutrasweet), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharin (Sweet 'n Low). This high-intensity sweetener was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 as an artificial sweetener and flavor enhancer. It's called high-intensity because it's considerably sweeter than other sugar substitutes out there: depending on its use, the FDA says it's 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. For comparison, sucralose (Splenda) is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

However, caution is warranted, as neotame is a chemical derivative of aspartame that some experts believe may be even MORE toxic.  

What Makes Neotame Potentially Dangerous?


Aspartame is the most complained about additive in U.S. history, responsible for approximately 80 percent of all food-related adverse reactions reported to the FDA. Neotame is based on aspartame, which is made up of three different compounds that all separately caused dangerous effects in both lab animals and humans. Tumors, holes growing in brains, liver damage, and even death happened in testing and experiments. Here is a breakdown of the three ingredients.

  • Phenylalanine: An amino acid necessary for neurotransmitter production. However, according to nutritionist Robert L. Pastore, PhD, "Pregnant women, those with anxiety attacks, individuals with high blood pressure, people with phenylketonuria and pre-existing pigmented melanoma should avoid its supplementation."
  • Aspartic acid: Too much of this substance is "suspected to cause brain damage in fetuses, and high doses have been found to destroy brain cells in experimental animals," says Pastore.
  • Methanol (methyl alcohol, wood alcohol): This substance is converted to formaldehyde and formic acid, which have a toxic effect on the thymus gland. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, producing cancer of the throat, pharynx and lung, according to Pastore.

Be aware that neotame does not have to be labeled on food packages. Some animal feed companies have even substituted neotame for molasses, so cows and other livestock  often ingest neotame before they wind up on your dinner plate.

Is Your Body Craving a Toxin?


Even if you don't want to ingest neotame, if you eat processed and prepared foods, especially those that claim to be sugar-free or low-carb, you could very well be consuming this potentially toxic substance (even if it's not listed on the label). Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and neotame are not a dieter's best friend, because they interfere with the release of hormones like insulin and leptin, which help regulate your metabolism.

Studies actually link the consumption of artificial sweeteners with weight gain, not loss, and while they may satisfy your sweet cravings temporarily on the surface, your body will not be fooled. The end result is MORE sweet cravings and often increased body weight and body fat.

The bottom line:  STAY AWAY FROM ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS - they do way more harm than good, in fact there is no GOOD!