betty at noel.pd.org
Fri Aug 4 11:44:41 EST 1995
Today Erica at Coca Cola told me Diet Minute Maid Orange Drink has been
discontinued in the Atlanta area, but she was not given a reason why.
Erica also gave me these figures on diet drinks. 800 438-2653
Aspartame in Diet Coke 185 mg/can
in Diet Orange Drink 222 mg/can 20% more
Dr. H. J. Roberts wrote in Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?
"certain diet colas (especially orange drinks) contain considerably more
aspartame than others" Charles Press, Philadelphia.
Of course, carbonation is a source of acidity in soft drinks,
but the citric acid in Orange Drink is flavoring, added to
produce a citric taste and requires more aspartame to sweeten.
Orange juice is a more complex substance, nutritious to boot!
In the "olden days" as Mark Pendergast reports in "For God,
Country and Coca Cola" the syrup formula had two principle sources
of acid: Citric Acid 3 oz, Lime Juice 1 Qt (Approx 55# formula)
Most of the formula here presented was sugar, 30 pounds! That's your
regular Classic Coke type produce. Later phosphoric acid was
substituted in place of the citric acid, it's cheaper and guttier.
Subsequent carbonation when the syrup is diluted bring additional
carbonic acid to the drink.
April 20, 1995 the Department of Health & Human Services released this data
on an easy-to-read chart:
TABLE 2 SYMPTOMS ATTRIBUTED TO ASPARTAME
Headache 1847 There were thousands of additional
Dizziness 735 symptomatic reactions on this report
Changes in mood 656 which I've not listed for brevity.
Vomiting, Nausea 647 Among these is which you might consider
Change in vision 362 The Ultimate Symptom.
Seizures, Convulsions 290* * TOTAL SEIZURES = 464!
Grand Mal 174*
Memory Loss 255 I care about these victims, and the
Fatigue, weakness 242 multitudes who suffered without
Other Neurological 230 Why don't you study the voluminous data on
Grand Mal 174 this neurotoxin with an open mind.
Oh yes: TABLE 1 of this report showed diet soft drinks as the #1 source
of these afflictions, with 3021 notations. In June the FDA, according
to a report I've received, closed the complaint window so the tally has
ceased, too many bodies to count. They've received more complaints about
aspartame than any other product almost 80% of all complaints!
So we have a government agency assigned to protect us that covers it's ears
to citizen complaints of illness and injury. Looks like the Godfather hired
the district attorney to tell us: No more crime in this city!
Domain: betty at pd.org
On 4 Aug 1995, Joseph Bret Wood wrote:
> In article <Pine.SUN.3.91.950803111025.6088C-100000 at noel.pd.org>,
> Betty Martini <betty at noel.pd.org> wrote:
> >it in several things. You may have seen one post that says they no
> >longer can get Diet Orange (Coke). I haven't checked that out as yet but
> >I would see the reasoning in it since in something with acid they would
> >have to use much more aspartame, and "they" may be getting many more
> Yet another example of chemical ignorance. First off, the carbonation in
> ALL soft drinks forms an equilibrium concentration of carbonic acid, therefore
> all carbonated beverages are acidic. (In fact, I've heard that in olden
> days drinks were carbonated by adding H2CO3 powder, rather than bottling under
> CO2 pressure.)
> CO2 + H2O <===> H2CO3 (Carbonic Acid)
> Secondly, you've heard that oranges contain citric acid! Wow! You're SOOOOO
> SMART! Did you ever check the ingredient label of Coke, or Diet Coke? They
> contain Phosphoric Acid, which is a much stronger acid than citric acid.
> (Although the relative pH's depend on the concentration of acid, Colas
> even FEEL more acidic when you drink them. Just like fresh carbonated
> beverages feel more acidic on your throat than flat ones, because they have
> more carbonic acid.)
> -Bret Wood
> -bretwood at cs.uoregon.edu>
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