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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Aspartame linked to mental disorders

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2008 62, 451–462 and a recipe for spicy chicken and bacon poppers.

Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Study title and authors:
Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain
P Humphries1,2, E Pretorius1 and H Naude´1
1Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa and 2Department of Anatomy, University of the Limpopo, South Africa

This paper can be accessed at:

The authors found that excessive aspartame ingestion might be involved in the pathogenesis of certain mental disorders and also in compromised learning and emotional functioning.

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Recipe of the day

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Poppers

■Makes 6-8 poppers
Omaha Steaks Boneless Chicken Breasts
Food Mall: Chicken Breasts
■1 large chicken breast
■6-8 pickled jalapenos or pepperoncinis
■3-4 strips of bacon

Cut chicken breast into 1″ cubes. Marinate the chicken with salt and pepper, jerk seasoning or your favorite seasoning and oil.

Place 1-2 slices of pickled jalapeno on each piece of marinated chicken or slice open a pepperoncini and put a piece of chicken inside.

Wrap 1/3 –1/2 of a piece of bacon around the chicken and secure each popper individually with toothpicks or spear multiple poppers on a skewer.

Over medium heat, grill the poppers until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is crisp, about 8-10 minutes a side. - 468x60