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Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Neotame is the next generation of artificial sweetener from Monsanto and simply adds the 3,3-dimethylbutyl side chain to aspartame. This side chain group is not an actual chemical and as such cannot in itself be regarded as hazardous, even though the Environmental Protection Agency may suggest it is. However, as with aspartame a degradation product is still methanol, a chemical that is toxic to humans. One molecule of methanol from one molecule of Neotame is not an insignificant amount. The 'study' does appear to be suspect. The aspartame patent was running out and Neotame was (quietly) approved by the FDA in 2002. The FDA and Neotame (search results).