alrescate: (Lipton)
I stumbled on a bottled drink Wednesday called 'Diet Lipton Green Tea.' I noticed it had 72mg of flavonoid antioxidants per serving and no calories. As I was looking over the label I noticed in bold letters that the drink contained Phenylalanine. I had no idea what that was so I looked it up. I found this:

Phenylalanine is a hidden danger to anyone consuming aspartame. Most consumers don't know that too much Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death.

ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders can all be triggered by too much Phenylalanine in the daily diet. If you are one in ten thousand people who are PKU or carry the PKU gene, Phenylalanine can cause irreversible brain damage and death, especially when used in high quantities or during pregnancy. Phenylalanine is 50% of aspartame, and to the degree humans consume diet products, Phenylalanine levels are reaching a dangerous peak.

The 1976 Groliers encyclopedia states cancer cannot live without phenylalanine. Phenylalanine makes up 50% of aspartame

I checked a couple of diet sodas and they all contained aspartame/phenylalanine. Now I'm quite aware that every fifteen minutes there is new that has been announced (or pronounced) to be bad for you. But the scary part is that bit that cancer cannot live without phenylalanine. My question is, since phenylalanine is found naturally in some foods, how worried about this should I be? Soda is probably the only source of caffeine in my diet and I switched to diet sodas for waistline reasons. If I'm having a couple of diet sodas a day should I be worried about this? Or is this just the newest big bad wolf?

December 2011

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