URGENT: NutraSweet(tm) Destroys Usenet!!!!
betty at noel.pd.org
Thu Aug 3 03:51:46 EST 1995
Dear Joe: I just posted in the nutrition newsgroup under Coca
Cola/Health -Attitude and also in this group under
Urgent/NutraSweet/Methanol/Truth. Please read both of these posts, and
notice what three cans of Diet Coke can do. I would be interested in
what you have to say afterwards.
Domain: betty at pd.org
On 3 Aug 1995, Joseph Bret Wood wrote:
> In article <3vmvck$fb3 at lys.vnet.net>, AL BELL <allbell at lys.vnet.net> wrote:
> >One possibility is that old aspartame breaks down into some not-so-great
> >substance. My recollection is that aspartame that's heated for too long
> >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 reaction
> you're refering to is taught to all first year organic chemists. It's called
> hydrolysis of an ester. Aspartame is an ester (compound ). When reacted
> with water in a basic or acidic solution (soda pop is acidic), it undergoes
> the following reaction, giving aspartic acid and methanol as products.
> Personally, I doubt that one or two cans of diet soda could harm you from the
> methanol, because methanol has been a contaminant in moonshine for centuries,
> yet it only causes serious side effects if the batch is particularly bad,
> and/or a very large quantity is consumed. And nutrasweet is so potent, one
> can of diet coke only requires a VERY small amount of aspartame.
> + +OH2 OH
> H3C-O-C=O H3C-O-C-OH | (3 stp) |
> | + H+OH2 ==> | + :OH2 ==> H3C-O-C-OH ======> H3C-OH + C=O
> R R | |
> R  R
>  -- Aspartame This reaction apparently requires heating in the
>  -- Methanol case of aspartame. For some other hydrolysis
>  -- Aspartic Acid reactions, it will happen at room temperature.
> -Bret Wood
> -bretwood at cs.uoregon.edu
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