Update 12/5/13: We’ve had a lot of feedback about this blog since we posted it originally back in August. It’s been a learning experience to get such a reaction from all of you about how we presented this information. Although we still believe that aspartame is not something that belongs in your body, we should have stuck to the cold, hard science and not referred to aspartame as “E.coli poop”; it overly simplifies and misrepresents the process. Check out our full response to the comments we received about this blog.
With the patent for the very popular artificial sweetener aspartame recently being released to the public domain comes the bizarre news that it is actually “harvested” from the excrement of GM E. coli bacteria. Wait, what? What are we drinking when we decide to gulp down a soda that’s been sweetened with “artificial sweetener”? Yeah. You heard right. E. coli poop. Pretty awesome, huh?
Apparently the E. coli are grown in tanks and, as they defecate, their fecal matter is harvested because it contains aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid –the protein needed to make the aspartame. These fecal proteins are then treated with methanol to produce the artificial sweetener.
Did you get that, Gnarly patriots? Something innocuously labeled “artificial sweetener” on the back of that soda (or something else) is actually poop from a deadly bacteria. Oh wait, excuse me, poop that’s been treated with methanol. Awesome. Thanks, Monsanto.
Pop quiz: Who doesn’t use artificial sweeteners in any of their products? That’s right, my little urchins of health and common sense, Gnarly doesn’t.
Gnarly is proud to utilize Trulicious, an all Natural Sweetener as its sweetener base. You can get Trulicious at a few online locations.