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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 17 September 2010

Aspartame may induce learning and memory difficulties

This post includes a summary of a study published in Pharmacological Research 2006 Jan;53(1):1-5 and a recipe for shrimp and celery.

My Aspartame Experiment: Report from a Private Citizen
Study title and authors:
The effect of aspartame metabolites on human erythrocyte membrane acetylcholinesterase activity.
Tsakiris S, Giannoulia-Karantana A, Simintzi I, Schulpis KH.
Department of Experimental Physiology, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece.

This study can be accessed at:
The study found that high concentrations of aspartame remarkably decreased enzyme activity which may lead to neurological symptoms, including learning and memory difficulties.

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Recipe of the day

Shrimp and Celery

Charleston Seafood Frozen Peeled & Deveined Shrimp, 32-Ounce Box
Food Mall: Deveined Shrimp
◦1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
◦2 medium sized celery roots
◦1/2 c chicken, beef or veggie stock
◦6 slices bacon
◦1/2 onion
◦2 gloves garlic
◦1 T tomato paste
◦1 T chili garlic sauce
◦1 T minced thyme

Cut the ends off the celery roots and slice the skin off. Slice the root into 1/3′s, then rotate and slice into thick sticks, then slice into rough squares. Toss the roots into a pot of salted water and boil until softened, about 10 minutes. Get out your blender and place the roots inside, along with the stock and 2 T of bacon fat from the saute pan. Pulse until you reach a smooth consistency. Stir it around and/or add more stock if the mixture isn’t cooperating. S&P to your liking.

Cook your bacon in a saute pan. Once it’s browned, remove the bacon and crumble. Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Saute until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the shrimp, tomato paste, thyme, crumbled bacon and hot sauce. Cook until the shrimp have turned pink.

Place the celery into a bowl, add shrimp, crumbled bacon and many, many spoonfuls of the tomato gravy.

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