How is aspartame made? As early as 1999, aspartame was exposed as a toxic sweetener that was made through a process that involves genetically modified bacteria. An article by The Independent entitled “World’s top sweetener is made with GM bacteria” revealed that two of the largest health threats –artificial sweeteners and genetically modified organisms — were joining forces.
How is Aspartame Made?
According to The Independent, both a Monsanto source and a Monsanto spokesperson revealed that aspartame creation process did in fact involve genetically modified bacteria.
“We have two strains of bacteria – one is traditionally modified and one is genetically modified,” said the source. “It’s got a modified enzyme. It has one amino acid different.”
The process of genetic modification is one that leads to unpredictable consequences. When manipulating the very genetic coding of an organism, of which we do not even fully understand, it is foolish to think that there will be no adverse reactions. Genetically modified food has already been linked to sterility, infant mortality, and allergies.
“Increasingly, chemical companies are using genetically engineered bacteria in their manufacturing process without telling the public,” said Dr Erik Millstone, of Sussex University and the National Food Alliance.
Today we see that companies that companies are hiding the fact that their products are genetically modified more than ever before. With the FDA allowing genetically modified salmon to go unlabeled, and new genetically modified potatoes creeping in, the people are under heavy health assault.
It is truly astounding that genetically modified ingredients have found their way into such a wide variety of products over the last few years, despite research highlighting its negative effects. The ultimate way to take a stand against genetically modified food is to simply not purchase it. Non-GMO is the fastest growing retail brand, which is a clear message to food manufacturers. Big brands will have to change their ingredient list if they want to maintain sales.