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Aspartame and its effects on health: Approach seems simplistic in electronic responses to editorial

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:310
  1. Nick Finer, consultant in obesity medicine (
  1. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR—Lean and Hankey's editorial provoked excited responses on from nutritionists, wellness experts, and journalists that showed an often simplistic and selective approach to evidence.1

    Mercola talks about “flooding the brain” with amino acids, presupposing that aspartame causes excessive rises in plasma concentrations of phenylalanine that then cross the blood-brain barrier. Plasma phenylalanine rises to 80-120 mmol/l after a protein meal such as a glass of …

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