aspartame warning and limits by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority ADFCA: Rich Murray 2010.02.24
- aspartame warning and limits by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority ADFCA: Rich
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Abu Dhabi- Health warning issued on use of artificial sweetener
Khaleej Times - 24/02/2010 By Anwar Ahmad
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Excess usage of aspartame,
a sweetener used as a sugar substitute in many foods and beverages,
might lead to various health hazards,
the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA)
has warned manufacturers in the emirate.
Following reports that aspartame in 'Nova' chewing gum
(not manufactured in the UAE) might pose health hazards,
the ADFCA is conducting regular risk assessment and examination
of food additives to ensure their safety for human consumption.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener and 200 times sweeter than sugar
in typical concentrations, without the high-energy value of sugar.
The UAE standardisation regulates the daily permissible intake of
aspartame and sweeteners at 15 mg/kg of the body weight and there
should be a warning saying that aspartame is among the many
substances that must be avoided by people with phenylketonuria
(PKU), a rare genetic condition, Mohammed Jalal Al Reyaysa,
spokesperson of the ADFCA, said on Monday.
The UAE specifications have allowed addition of aspartame
within a maximum limit of 5,500 milligram/kilogram in sugar-free
chewing gum, Al Reyaysa said. [ 0.55 % of gum weight ]
Use of additives in foods has strict conditions and limits and the
most important of them is non-addition of the material in
children's foods, Al Reyaysa said.
The ADFCA urged local manufactures to use aspartame within
the permissible limit and under the prescribed requirements
which are specified in the food card, including warnings on labels
about the product, whether it is dedicated for diabetes or not
and whether it is cholesterol-free.
Al Reyaysa also warned consumers not to overuse foods
containing such artificial additives.
Codex Alimentarius Commission of the
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has allowed the
addition of the substance to gum at a maximum rate of
10,000 milligrams/kg. [ 1 % of gum weight ]
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved
the use of aspartame in beverages and pastries and confectioneries.
No pig derivatives in gum
He said 'Extra' gum is sold in Abu Dhabi market doesn't contain
The authority had carried out laboratory tests which confirmed this.
The ADFCA has contacted the manufacturer who provided
documents refuting rumours about the presence of pig derivatives
in the gum.
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Arab consumers are increasingly at risk due to poor eating habits,
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Experts discussed the potential dangers and the ways to harmonize
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January 9 on LAU's Beirut campus.
Nutrition problems seem to be especially serious in the Gulf,
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Musaiger, who is also the chairman of the
Arab Center for Nutrition,
said that up to 60% of men and 75% of women are overweight
in some Gulf countries.
Inactivity and poor eating habits are most to blame, Musaiger said.
"The Gulf diet is rich in cholesterol, fat, sodium, sugar and caffeine
and low in iron-rich food, fiber, fruits and vegetables," he added.
The Mediterranean diet in Lebanon might be the answer to these
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That's why, experts from the Gulf have been trying to learn more
about the ingredients of Mediterranean food, he said.
Atef Wafic Idriss, vice president of the
Lebanese Association for Nutrition and Dietetics and
CEO of the Middle East and North Africa Food Safety Associates,
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methanol (11% of aspartame), made by body into formaldehyde in
many vulnerable tissues, causes modern diseases of civilization,
summary of a century of research, Woodrow C Monte PhD,
Medical Hypotheses journal: Rich Murray 2009.11.15
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Methanol: A Chemical Trojan Horse as the Root of the Inscrutable U
Prepublication Copy; Medical Hypotheses -- 06 November 2009
Woodrow C. Monte PhD
Professor of Food Science (retired)
Arizona State University
corresponding author : Woodrow C. Monte PhD
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Page, Arizona 86040
food epidemiology; diseases of civilization; methanol; formaldehyde;
aspartame; autism; multiple sclerosis; Alzheimer's; U-shaped curve.
Until 200 years ago, methanol was an extremely rare component of
the human diet and is still rarely consumed in contemporary hunter
and gatherer cultures.
With the invention of canning in the 1800s, canned and bottled
fruits and vegetables, whose methanol content greatly exceeds that
of' their fresh counterparts, became far more prevalent.
The recent dietary introduction of aspartame, an artificial sweetener,
11% methanol by weight, has also greatly increased methanol
Moreover, methanol is a major component of cigarette smoke,
known to be a causative agent of many diseases of civilization
Conversion to formaldehyde in organs other than the liver is
the principal means by which methanol may cause disease.
The known sites of class I alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH I),
the only human enzyme capable of metabolizing methanol to
formaldehyde, correspond to the sites of origin for many DOC.
Variability in sensitivity to exogenous methanol consumption may be
accounted for in part by the presence of aldehyde dehydrogenase
sufficient to reduce the toxic effect of formaldehyde production
in tissue through its conversion to the much less toxic formic acid.
The consumption or endogenous production of small amounts of
ethanol, which acts as a competitive inhibitor of methanol's
conversion to formaldehyde by ADH I, may afford some individuals
protection from DOC.
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