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ASPARTAME- The worlds best Ant Poison

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From the lake chapala review, written by Wendee Hill. "Fresh news from the garden" ASPARTAME- The worlds best Ant Poison Ants are a huge problem. We spend thousands of dollars on ant poison trying to keep them under control but nothing helps. So when an ACA supporter sent us an article that Aspartame (Nutrasweet) was actually developed as an ant poison and only changed to being considered non-poisonousness after it was realized that a lot more money could be made o it as a sweetener then as an ant poison, we are going to give it a try. Open two packets and dump it in the area. It is said to work better then most deadly poisons. anytime they show up again, simply dump another package in the area again and they will be gone for a year or so. The small black ants apparently do not eat the aspartame. It was determined if you mix it with apple juice, they would quickly take it back to the nest and would all be dead within 24 hours. Sometimes it will kill them; sometimes not. Not sure why? they may be a slightly different species of ants or something. Fire ants: poison does not work. Moisten the Nutrasweet and the ground you put it on, but not enough to wash it away. They go crazy; hundreds will grab it and take it back into the ground.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Aspartame is a neuropoison. It kills ants by interfering with their nervous system. it could be direct, like stopping their heart, or something more subtle like killing their sense of taste so they cant figure out what is eatable; or smell, so they cant follow their trails or misidentify their colony's' members, and they start fighting each other. we just know that for many species of ants, it will kill them quickly and effectively....

She then goes on to talk about dawn dish soap killing flees and so on, but i though this was interesting, being that it is a NEUROPOISON! interesting right. just thought i would share.

this is the only thing i saw about it on snopes. LINK

but that is just about it not causing  multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosis, Gulf War Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain tumours, and diabetes mellitus,or other things. but, it wasnt my point, it was just the idea that it was made ad an ant poison, that freaks me out.

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sorry, stef, this is an urban legend

http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/antpoison. asp
Don't you love it when people keep spreading stuff like this on the internet?  Do some research.  I can't believe this actually made it into a written article.  Someone should email that "writer" and ask her to validate what she writes before she puts it in print.

Taken from Snopes.  It was not developped as an ant poison.  It is NOT a neuropoison. 

The artificial sweetener aspartame (marketed under the brand name NutraSweet) was no such accidental discovery, however. Rather than being initially developed as an "ant poison," as claimed above, it was developed by G.D. Searle in the late 1960s and early 1970s specifically as an artificial sweetener. Other artificial sweetener products such as saccharin and cyclamates had already reached the market well before the development of aspartame, but many consumers felt saccharin had too much of a bitter aftertaste, and the U.S. banned cyclamates as a food additive in 1969 over (still disputed) links between cyclamate consumption and bladder cancer, so a potentially large market niche still existed for a product such as aspartame. (Coincidentally, saccharin was something of an accidental discovery, its super-sweet properties coming to light in 1879 after a laboratory worker spilled some of the substance on his hand.)

The author of the anti-aspartame screed reproduced above appears to have taken her information about aspartame's being "developed as an ant poison, and only changed to being considered non-poisonous after it was realized that a lot more money could be made on it as a sweetener" directly from a satirical
article titled "FDA Certifies Aspartame as Ant Poison," which states:

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has certified the popular sweetener aspartame, also known as NutraSweet, as an ant poison.

"Aspartame was originally developed as an ant poison and it was only changed to being non-poisonous after it was realized that a lot more money could be made on it as a sweetener," said FDA chief Ralph Roachman. "We are just notifying the public and industry about the original and best use of this stuff."

The appearance of this article on a site called The Spoof!, along with its disclaimer that "The story as represented above is written as a satire or parody. It is fictitious," should provide most readers with sufficient clues for discerning that the article is, in fact, a spoof. Unfortunately, the mistaking of parody for factual information is representative of the dubious quality of much of the anti-aspartame information to be found on the Internet.

As for the claim that aspartame (regardless of its intended use) effectively kills insects such as ants, no evidence supports that assertion. Many common, non-toxic substances (such as talcum power or pepper) serve as effective
deterrents to keep ants away from household areas, simply because the sprinkling of those substances significantly alters the ants' habitat by disrupting the scent trails those critters typically follow.
Thanks, beth :)
thanks, i couldnt find it on snopes, but you did. LOL.  i actually read this in a Local paper, not on the internet. but thanks.

And here is some of the best fake news anybody could ever ask for.

Today's headline: Bin Laden's mother worried sick.
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