URGENT: NutraSweet(tm) Destroys Usenet!!!!
Steven B. Harris
sbharris at ix.netcom.com
Thu Aug 3 04:00:54 EST 1995
In <3vpu9b$t0v at ix.cs.uoregon.edu> bretwood at cs.uoregon.edu (Joseph Bret
>In article <3vmvck$fb3 at lys.vnet.net>, AL BELL <allbell at lys.vnet.net>
>>One possibility is that old aspartame breaks down into some
>>substance. My recollection is that aspartame that's heated for too
>>at too high a temperature has an effect similar to that of alcohol.
>Not that I'm saying anything pro or con about this debate, but the
>you're refering to is taught to all first year organic chemists. It's
>hydrolysis of an ester. Aspartame is an ester (compound ). When
>with water in a basic or acidic solution (soda pop is acidic), it
>the following reaction, giving aspartic acid and methanol as products.
>Personally, I doubt that one or two cans of diet soda could harm you
>methanol, because methanol has been a contaminant in moonshine for
>yet it only causes serious side effects if the batch is particularly
>and/or a very large quantity is consumed. And nutrasweet is so potent,
>can of diet coke only requires a VERY small amount of aspartame.
> + +OH2
>H3C-O-C=O H3C-O-C-OH | (3 stp)
> | + H+OH2 ==> | + :OH2 ==> H3C-O-C-OH ======> H3C-OH
> R R |
> R 
> -- Aspartame This reaction apparently requires heating
> -- Methanol case of aspartame. For some other
> -- Aspartic Acid reactions, it will happen at room
>-bretwood at cs.uoregon.edu
Indeed, as has been pointed out ad nauseum, there is more methanol in
tomato juice than aspartame sweetened soda.
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