Diet Delusion

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Diet Delusion
I have
always been a health and weight conscious individual. Because my thyroid does
not work, I am automatically prone to weight gain. At the office, I have found
my click amongst those sitting around the lunch table with their salads and and
diet sodas, rather than leaving the office for a burger and fries. Inspite of my
efforts to eat healthy diet and exercise every day, a couple of years ago I
began to experience migranes, dizziness, and symptoms of irritable bowel
syndrome. Of course I visited several internists and finally received a
diagnosis of "Nutra Sweet poisoning" I laid down my diet Pepsi for tea and
water, and the problematic symptoms disappeared almost overnight. I also began
loosing extra pounds without changing my quantity of food consumption
immediately. Bittersweet aspartame is a diet delusion. Controversy has
surrounded aspartame since it’s creation in 1879. On a large scale, the public
remains uninformed of the hazards of this popular chemical. Why aren’t people
asking "What is this stuff made of, and why is the FDA forced to put a warning
label on every product containing aspartame?" The average diet pop drinker
doesn’t realize how much of this chemical he or she is consuming on a daily
basis, or the possible effects aspartame toxicity could have on the body. What
is it? In 1879, while developing new food preservatives, a young Johns Hopkins
chemistry research assistant accidentally discovered that one of the organic
compounds he was testing was intensely sweet. Saccharin he called it, after
sakcharon, the Greek word for sugar. He further learned that it passed through
the body unchanged and was thus a safe artificial sweetener for diabetics. Food
processors, noting that it was 500 to 700 times sweeter than sugar, were able to
cut costs by using it. Even Theodore Roosevelt, a diabetic, championed saccharin
early on. When, in 1907, the chief of the USDA's Bureau of Chemistry fretted
about the safety of saccharin and wanted it banned from canned foods, Roosevelt
was bombastic. "My doctor gives it to me every day. Anybody who says
saccharin is injurious to health is an idiot!" Still, saccharin was banned,
only to be restored during the sugar-short years of World War I. Available as
powders or pills, to say nothing of in a huge variety of processed foods,
saccharin remained popular throughout World War II. Its only drawback was its
bitter metallic aftertaste. Food processors licked that problem by combining
saccharin with cyclamate, another artificial no caloric sweetener. Then in the

1960s came disturbing news. Two different studies suggested that cyclamate
caused cancer in lab rats. Subsequent tests concurred and in 1969 cyclamate was
banned. With no other artificial no caloric sweetener available, saccharin use
soared. Americans were soon scarfing down 2,500 tons of saccharin a year, most
of it from soft drinks. When tests began to suggest that saccharin caused
bladder tumors in lab rats, the FDA moved to limit its use. If the protests
launched by the Calorie Control Council (a group that includes saccharin
manufacturers and users) weren't heard around the world, they were clearly
audible in the halls of Congress. As a result, saccharin won a reprieve in order
that testing might continue, even though some suspected that its continued use
was a violation of the Delaney Clause, which bans known carcinogens in food and
drink. Already Britain has banned saccharin (except as an at-table sugar
substitute) and France permits its use only by prescription. In the United

States, saccharin was deleted from the FDA's generally recognized as safe list
in 1972. Since 1977, hazardous-to-your-health warnings not only have had to be
posted on every item containing saccharin but must also point out that saccharin
"has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals"
(specifically bladder cancers). Those believed to be at greatest risk in general
are young children, pregnant women, white men who are heavy smokers and nonwhite
women. As for the current legal status of saccharin, it is classified by the FDA
as a weak co carcinogen, meaning that it may promote (though not necessarily
cause) tumors. The saccharin product most widely available in the United States
is Sweet'n Low. It is also sold under brand names Equal and the cheaper Natra-Taste
now that the original manufacturer’s patent has expired. Calories: 4 per

0.04-ounce (1-gram) packet. Is it possible to gain weight when the label says"diet" on it? According to recent studies it is. Studies have shown that
when their diet is not closely monitored, many people use artificial sweeteners
in addition to sugar products

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