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Saturday, September 27, 2014

9/27/14 Health News: Scientists question safety of aspartame ♦ Casu Marzu and Nordic Food ♦ How Safe Are Safe Ingredients In Food?

Scientists once again question the safety of aspartame
Artificial sweeteners found in diet soda and yoghurt, which are consumed by millions daily, can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it, according to a new study published by the scientific journal Nature. The study squarely contradicts a 2013 opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which concluded that the sweeteners posed no risk for consumers. Continue Reading
Casu Marzu and Nordic Food
You may be aware of the existence of casu marzu, a sheep milk cheese from the island of Sardinia, in the middle of the Mediterranean. Unlike other cheeses from Italy, casu marzu has the peculiarity of being inhabited by live, tiny maggots, which give it a very specific texture and flavor profile. Its name, after all, does mean "rotten cheese" in Sardinian dialect. It is …Continue Reading
How Safe Are Safe Ingredients In Food?

A 1997 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule allowed food manufacturers to use ingredients "generally regarded as safe," or GRAS, like vinegar and lots of other things, without needing approval all over again. Food advocates say the current GRAS process allows substances into the food supply that might pose a health risk. How can safe products be risky? The logic used … Continue Reading

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