August 26th, 2013
I was directed to this article at NaturalNews.com about the artificial sweetener Aspartame. The headline is “Patent confirms that aspartame is the excrement of GM bacteria.”
Natural mutations have been modifying the genetics of lifeforms since the dawn of life on Earth.
One creature’s excrement has long been another’s feast.
Lots of food products depend on processes that could be described in similarly trumped up, inflammatory ways. Do you know how beer is made? Cheese? Yogurt? Bread? Honey? How about meat? (The last one is dead animals, by the way, if you didn’t know.)
Astronauts drink their own recycled toilet water — and it’s perfectly clean.
The article makes news out of nothing, fear mongering — or disgust mongering at least. This ridiculous story ends with this:
While common sense dictates that this abomination doesn’t belong anywhere near our bodies, the patent’s authors made no secret about their belief that aspartame constitutes a safe and nutritious sweetener:
“Aspartame is not only sweeter than sucrose, but is preferable as a food to sucrose. While sucrose can provide the body with little more than energy, aspartame is composed of amino acids, the building blocks of body proteins, and like other proteins is broken down by the digestive enzymes in the stomach to its constituent amino acids thus providing nutritive value. [...] For these reasons, aspartame holds significant promise in replacing sugar as a sweetener.”
So there we have it: An official document that not only reveals the shocking truth behind aspartame production, but also freely admits that it was intended for mass consumption as a sucrose substitute. Therefore, the next time someone claims that your reservations about this sweetener are unfounded, direct them to this patent – the truth behind aspartame is now in plain view.
An appeal to common sense that boils down to “sounds disgusting so don’t put it in your mouth” that has nothing to do with safety, taste, or health. An accusation that the makers of the product are interested in selling it to large number of people (which is apparently bad for reasons that escape my common sense). And, apparently not strange in doublethinkville, a clear and unrefuted statement that the makers believe their product is safe and nutritious. Only to a fruitcake conspiracy kook is this damning.
No where is there anything about solid scientific studies that might lead anyone to be concerned. This is just yellow journalism of the worst sort, and it disgusts me a lot more than eating bacteria excrement.
Lots of natural things are horrible, and artificial things good. Believing that natural is always better than artificial is a fallacy, one easily shown to be wrong by anyone with any scientific training or knowledge. Or someone who has been bitten by a poisonous snake and benefited from anti-venom in the hospital afterwards.
From some poking around, this website NaturalNews.com seems to fit this pattern more generally, also featuring anti-vaccination articles, and other anti-technology stuff based on things like disgust factor and “common sense” which is always inferior to an actual scientific study done properly.
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