An Essay by Michael H. Brownstein
Food Freedom News
I’m one for freebies—always have been and always will be (until now). Why the sudden change? At my local grocery store, I was given a free sample of Canada Dry Ten Ginger Ale, took it home, opened it and took a huge swallow (perhaps five ounces).
Here’s what happened next:
Incredible nausea. A slow urge developing into a need to throw up. Sat on the toilet in waiting. Incredible gas. This went on for about an hour.
OK—why did a can of Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale, a new product from the people who bring us Snapples, have such an extreme result on me?
I read the ingredients. Check them out:
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE)
So what’s the problem? There are a few: I never eat or drink anything with Aspartame in it. Recently I discovered Sodium Benzoate has issues that can impair your health, too, so I avoid this ingredient—though it’s awfully hard to do. And I never ever eat or drink anythng with high fructose corn syrup.
In other words, I eat healthy, and I eat healthy. Fruits and vegtables—many organics—wild caught fish. I make my own chicken soups and stocks and I have a garden that supplies me with spices and green onions among other things for almost eight months of the year.
But how can Aspartame have such a negative and quick effect on me? Or was it the sodium benzoate? Or perhaps it was the ingredient not listed on the website
(http://www.dpsgproductfacts.com/product/CANADA_DRY_GINGER_ALE_TEN_20): phenylketonurics and phenylanine.
What are these two ingredients? Why are they not listed on the website? Why does the can end its list of ingredients with “contains phenylanine” in bold letters?
I know about Aspartame: http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=127.msg3803#msg3803 and I know about sodium benzoate: http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=2.msg3615#msg3615 But I never ever heard of phenylketonurics and phenylanine.
So I did a google search and this is the first entry:
“Phenylketonurics” is NOT something you can catch from diet soda! This long, scary-sounding word is included in a warning at the end of the ingredients list on some products, but it is NOT an ingredient these products. “Phenylketonurics” is the term used to refer to people that have the metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria, or PKU for short. So – kind of like how the word “diabetics” refers to people that have “diabetes”, “phenylketonurics” refers to the people that have “phenylketonuria”.
I myself, am one of these phenylketonurics and the warning on diet soda cans is included merely to inform people like me that the product contains the synthetic chemical ASPARTAME. People that have the disorder PKU cannot consume any product that contains
aspartame. (Dr. Tracy L. Beck, http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/tracy/whatis.html)
I don’t think I have this condition, but I sure did have side effects from drinking that can of Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale and after reading the following links first paragraphs http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/1008/warning_phenylketonurics.php, I know I will never ever touch any drink with Aspartame in it.
“Have you ever noticed this on your product labels – WARNING: The amino acid L-phenylalanine should not be used by pregnant women or by those who suffer anxiety attacks or those who have high blood pressure or with pre-existing pigmented melanoma (form of cancer), or people with phenylketonuria (PKU). The amino acid DL-phenylalanine should be used with caution if you are pregnant or diabetic, if you have high blood pressure or suffer anxiety attacks.” (Dr. Janet Starr Hull)
OK—another poison on the market, it was marketed to me and I took it freely, so I’m changing my opening paragraph:
I’m one for freebies—always have been, but I won’t be in the future. I’ll need to know the ingredients ahead of time. As for a free sample of Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale—don’t do what I did. Outright refuse it.
I was gaseous and nauseous for about eight hours after I drank from the can. It’s just not worth it.