Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pepsi-Cola...the drink for stupid people!

In the news, Pepsi-Cola is planning on taking the sweetener Aspertame out of their products.  Not, mind you, because it is dangerous...
In 2007, the FDA stated: (as seen at cancer.org)
    Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame's safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assesses the safety of sweeteners such as aspartame in the European Union. According to a 2009 report from its Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food:
Overall, the Panel concluded, on the basis of all the evidence currently available… that there is no indication of any genotoxic or carcinogenic potential of aspartame...

 Mind you, the EFSA tends to be more conservative than the FDA on health issues.  For instance, they tend to set a lower limit on exposure to certain substances than the FDA does.
So, the issue is NOT getting rid of an actually harmful substance.  It is PepsiCo caving in to a bunch of conspiracy theorists who want to believe aspertame is somehow harmful.
Ideocracy, here we come!!

Right now, things are pretty interesting here in Dellroy-land.   Work is continuing on the Sinclair QL SD card interface.  L14 is still ticking along with the next version of SPOCS aboard.  More is definitely coming, including - our own domain!  In a day or two or three, SPOCS will move to its own place in the sun - spocs-online.com.
I will let you know when that happens.

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