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      aspartame warning and limits by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority ADFCA: Rich
      Murray 2010.02.24
      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
      pig derivatives.
      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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      Third Arab Conference on Obesity and Physical Activity
      19-21 January, 2010 - Manama - Kingdom of Bahrain
      Organized by
      Arab Center for Nutrition,
      Arab Taskforce for Obesity and Physical Activity
      and Bahrain Center for Studies and Research

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      Lebanese American University
      Workshop calls for exchange of expertise
      about healthy eating in the region

      January 28, 2009 --

      Arab consumers are increasingly at risk due to poor eating habits,
      obesity, and food control weaknesses.
      Experts discussed the potential dangers and the ways to harmonize
      Lebanese and Gulf nutrition and dietetics at a workshop held
      January 9 on LAU's Beirut campus.

      Nutrition problems seem to be especially serious in the Gulf,
      according to Dr. Abdulrahman O. Musaiger,
      assistant secretary-general for Scientific Studies at the
      Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research.
      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
      problems, according to Dr. Constantine Daher,
      chair of LAU's Natural Sciences Department.
      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,
      discussed the food safety challenges in MENA countries...


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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
      470 South Rainbow Drive
      Page, Arizona 86040
      Key Words:
      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.

      Rich Murray, MA
      Boston University Graduate School 1967 psychology,
      BS MIT 1964, history and physics,
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