Aspartame Even More Toxic When Mixed with Food Coloring

More news about aspartame ("Nutrasweet"), which is being found to be far more toxic than anyone imagined…  (from: this article)

Combining food additives may be harmful, say researchers

  · Aspartame and artificial colourings investigated
  · Mice nerve cells stopped growing in experiments

Felicity Lawrence, consumer affairs correspondent

  Wednesday December  21, 2005
  The Guardian

research on common food additives, including the controversial
sweetener aspartame and food colourings, suggests they may interact to
interfere with the development of the nervous system.

Researchers at
the University of Liverpool examined the toxic effects on nerve cells
in the laboratory of using a combination of four common food additives
– aspartame, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the artificial colourings
brilliant blue and quinoline yellow. The findings of their two-year
study were published last week in the journal Toxicological Sciences.

Liverpool team reported that when mouse nerve cells were exposed to MSG
and brilliant blue or aspartame and quinoline yellow in laboratory
conditions, combined in concentrations that theoretically reflect the
compound that enters the bloodstream after a typical children’s snack
and drink, the additives stopped the nerve cells growing and interfered
with proper signalling systems.

The mixtures of the additives had a much more potent effect on nerve cells than each additive on its own.