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”? Yes. You heard right. E. coli excrement. Pretty disgusting.
Apparently the E. coli are grown in tanks and, as they defecate, their faecal matter is harvested because it contains aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid –the protein needed to make the aspartame. These faecal proteins are then treated with methanol to produce the artificial sweetener.
Did you get that, Gnarly patriots? Something innocuously labelled “artificial sweetener” on the back of that soda (or something else) is actually excrement from a deadly bacteria. Oh wait, excuse me, excrement 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.