Videos & Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek
The artificial sweetener Aspartame was accidentally discovered in 1965 by the chemist James Schlatter. It was initially approved for use in food products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1981. Now it is approved for human consumption in more than ninety countries. Aspartame is an ingredient in about 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, sold under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel. It is even in pharmaceuticals that we cannot escape from. Aspartame breaks down in the human body into aspartic acid (an amino acid), phenylalanine (an essential amino acid), and methanol. Methanol is further converted into formaldehyde and formic acid. While the safety of aspartame is upheld by government agencies and many in the scientific establishment, what is the reality?
Come join us to see the video “Sweet Misery” suggested by EGG member Beverly Turner!
Free, No reservations required, but it would be appreciated if you register on our Meetup site.
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Highway 9).
About The Host
Mei-Ling Shek, has degrees in chemistry and applied physics, and has worked as a scientist and engineer in national laboratories as well as startup companies (telecom and solar). She has also taught physics and introductory nanotechnology courses. Besides volunteering for the EcoGreen Group, she is a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental organizations.