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Tim Tillman tillman at ithink.net
Sat Feb 13 00:13:25 EST 1999

Hi Allen,

I have never measured it, but I have heard that the normal flora of the
large intestine produce more methanol than can be derived from aspartame.
The body is more than capable of dealing with this amount of methanol.
These bacteria also produce methane.  I assume that the methanol must come
from the oxidation of methane, but I don't know the mechanism.


AlMaur777 <almaur777 at aol.com> wrote in message
news:19990212211411.17630.00000593 at ng-fz1.aol.com...
>I'm a science journalist, and I've run up against this question a number of
>times, most recently in a writer's list, where I noted objections to the
>unfounded charges leveled against the sweetener (what a laundry list of
>I met one of the doctors who evaluated the substance for safety and he said
>is generally harmlessly eliminated. I understand some studies do show an
>depressive effect for the reason Mr. Modestino states in the first post.
>I am very interested in hearing from other scientists on this matter,
>Allan Maurer

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