Lite is Dangerous Investigating Aspartame and Other Sweeteners

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Investigating Aspartame and Other Sweeteners

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In 6,000 food products, aspartame is found everywhere in so-called diet nutrition. However, several scientific studies show that this sweetener is harmful for children, pregnant women and epileptics. Used to replace sugar and reduce the caloric intake of food, aspartame actually works in the opposite direction, it develops obesity and diabetes. In this first in-depth investigation of the diet industry, Henriette Chardak exposes a health scandal. She shows why the use of aspartame continues despite the risks it generates. How people were pushed into consuming these chemical substances—whose harmlessness had been questioned for many years. Between Chicago and Tokyo, top-secret files and complacency of the authorities, the author offers us a breathless thriller, behind-the-scenes of the world chemical industry. The story begins in Chicago and ends up in our plates and our medicines. A real cold case, where readers will find the keys to a thriller that was played out in the 1970s. They will make up their minds about the usefulness—or danger—of this fake sugar. Two scoops: • super sweeteners from aspartame are given to cattle to make them grow fatter faster; • Japan, which manufactures aspartame, does not consume it. This book also lays bare what is was not meant to be told—the conflicts of interest, colossal stakes, secret files forbidden to the public.

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Henriette Chardak

Writer, journalist, director and stage director, Henriette Chardak has written biographies of Kepler, Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci... and an investigation into the health effects of sweeteners (Le light c'est du lourd, Max Milo, 2018).

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