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  • truedeity 4:10 AM on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Is Diet Soda Bad For You? 

    Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

    Most of the concerns having to do with Diet Soda having a harmful impact on health has to do with Aspartame.

    A quick online search about Aspartame will provide you numerous opinions about this Artificial Sweetener

    Some claim it causes things like cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, lupus, memory problems, brain tumors, etc.

    But just about every governmental orginization in the world regulating food products have deemed it safe for human consumption

    In 1974 Aspartame gained FDA’s approval as a food additive, the benifits were that while Sugar and Aspartame both contain about 4 calories per gram, Aspartame is about 180 times sweeter than Sugar, Thus you need much less to get the same perception of sweetness. This is the reason it works so well as a low calorie sweetener.

    Aspartame is made of two amino acids

    1. Phenylalanine
    2. Aspartic acid
    3. And the alcohol Methanol

    All of the health concerns regarding this supplement is regarding what these 3 things can do to the body.

    The question then becomes do the three parts of Aspartame cause health problems?

    The quick answer is Yes.  At high enough levels they do.  But the quick answer is not the whole answer.

    So if high doses of Aspartame are harmful why are they allowed in our food?

    It turns out low doses aren’t harmful and we even need those Amino acids to perform certain functions within the body.

    In fact, Phenylalanine and Asparatic acid are either produced by our bodies from many other foods, or are already found naturally in our diets.  Aspartic acid helps the liver by aiding in the removal ammonia, and is involved in the production of anti-bodies created by the immune system.  It can be found in many different types of foods like asparagus, avocados, sugar beets, sausages, and molasses.  Too much Aspartic acid can be seen in several different disease processes like Lou Gehrig’s disease, Epilepsy, and certain strokes. Unfortunately, for those fighting against Aspartame the levels seen in these conditions are several folds higher than can be achieved by eating Aspartame at recommended amounts.  There is also never been a direct effect between these diseases and increased aspartic acid intake.

    Methanol more commonly known as wood-alcohol is definitely not needed by our bodies, if your wondering why its allowed in Aspartame that’s because it’s already found in many drinks wine, whiskey, and beer.  As you might have guessed humans have been ingesting this for ages at low levels, so it seems Methanol has no long term consequences.  Methanol in general does result in some unwanted reactions within the body specifically it’s taken up by the cells of the body and the production of formaldehyde and formic acid are the result.  Formaldehyde at high levels will cause proteins to form abnormally the result is proteins that no longer function. Formic acid at high levels will cause abnormal metabolic processes within cells, causing them to cease functioning.  The result is death to that cell due to a lack of energy.  This is because it disrupts the organelle responsible for a cells metabolism, known as your mitochondria.  Some cells are extremely sensitive to formic acid, specifically those in the optic nerve.  This is why blindness is associated with methanol poisoning.  So does Aspartame produce enough Methanol to harm people? Probably not. There are many other foods we eat every day that have the same, or higher amounts of Methanol than Aspartame, beer and wine aside, foods like Tomato’s, Tomato Juice, and other citrus fruits and their associated juices are good examples here.

    This brings us to the last ingredient Phenylalanine.  There is a rare disorder called Phenylketonuria affecting 1 in 10,000 people this ailment makes your body unable to break down Phenylalanine, left untreated toxic levels of Phenylalanine build up the result can be things like developmental disorders, cardiac rhythm problems, seizures and severe learning disabilities.  Fortunately, most babies born in the developed world are tested for this disorder and treatment usually involves diet control.  The diet control is because there are many foods that contain higher levels of Phenylalanine than Aspartame specifically the many different types of protein we taken in.  Knowing this disorder exists the FDA requires the Aspartame products be labeled specifically for Phenylketonuria patients.

    That said, anything we take in our bodies in high enough doses can be harmful, arguably the most basic of human needs is water and even water in high doses can be lethal in what is being called water-intoxication

    The question of Aspartame’s safety is more appropriately: Are the levels found in Aspartame, and the dose you may be ingesting high enough to cause unwanted health effects?

     

    Like any food additive evaluated by the FDA there is an extensive process that takes place before manufacturers are allowed to put it in our foods.  When the FDA first approved Aspartame as an additive there were numerous controversies surrounding its approval.   Those controvercies revolved around the studies the FDA looked at Advocating Aspartame safety.

    That said there have been countless new studies performed looking at Aspartame’s safety

    Numerous other reviews of the research have been conducted by several agencies, including the FDA and the EFSA.  The most recent was conducted by the EFSA and issued on Dec. 10, 2013 that reviewed all studies performed on Aspartame in Animal and Human alike.  Knowing there is such a large controversy surrounding the supplement, the EFSA’s independent panel of experts issued an open public call for any data, comments, or concerns on Aspartame.  According to Alicia Mortensen, chair of the EFSA’s panel, said, “This opinion represents one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of Aspartame ever undertaken.”  The panel concluded that Aspartame does not cause cancer at the levels consumed by humans, and it doesn’t cause problems during pregnancy.  Overall, there were no concerns regarding the current ADI(acceptable daily intake) of 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

    For your reference, according to the american cancer society there are an average of 180 milligrams of Aspartame in a typical 12 ounce can of diet soda.  So an Adult weighing 165 lbs would need to drink 16 cans of diet soda per day to exceed the recommended limit, which itself is set drastically below the dangerous thresholds.  According to the ACS the ADI is about 100 times less than the smallest amount that might cause health concerns, based on a study done on lab animals.

     
  • truedeity 2:55 AM on August 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Election rigging in California 2016 Presidential Election 

    I live in Fremont, CA., and on election day I went into my local polling location and when I arrived an old Chinese lady sitting at the table asked to present my Photo ID.  They looked my name up and then asked me, if I brought my mail in ballot?  I was quite stunned by that question, I wasn’t expecting that question, it really threw me off. I thought maybe I forgot to do something… But it struck me as odd because I have voted in the past in other states and that was never asked.  I certainly did not intend to send a mail in ballot when I arrived at the polling location.  I also did not recall anything about a mail in ballot when I registered to vote for the 2016 election.  So I politely answered the lady, “No, I don’t have a mail in ballot.”

    So she told me that I could fill out the ballot, but asked me not to send it through the electronic ballot counting machine and instead they will mail it…  So I hesitantly agreed and went to the line at the booth to fill out my ballot card.  While I was waiting in line another guy was complaining about it, asking the staff lots of questions. I talked to him as well, he claimed to be a resident of California for the last 15 years and that he voted a lot.  He said he never experienced this kind of thing.  He asked why is it that some people are not being asked to send a mail in ballot?  I noticed that too.  Some people would come in, present their photo ID and not a word was mentioned to them about mail in ballots.

    He was visibly upset, as was I.  I talked to that man about it, because at that time I had known about there being provisional ballots that were not counted at the DNC primaries.  Apparently some rigging was being rumored about provisional ballots.  I said that a lot of people believe that there was rigging going on at the DNC primaries but that I was not a democrat.  So he and I were very skeptical.

    Just as I was thinking about it I had suspected that foul play was taking place.  I had suspected that more republicans were slated as “mail in”.  If Bernie Sanders was being cheated during the DNC primaries then Donald Trump could very probably be getting cheated in the general election.

    Later that night as I was watching the votes come in and I noticed that not all of California votes were counted.  Day’s and weeks went by and they still hadn’t been counted.

    In fact it has been reported that over 3 million provisional ballots were not accounted for in California.  Are they all republican voters?

    I can’t say for sure but what I can say is that there are some really striking statistical anomalies that have come out regarding the election results in several states and all of the abnormalities seem to favor Hillary Clinton.  So if you ask me if I believe that Hillary won the popular vote, I will tell you, not even close!

     

     

     
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