Posted on June 2, 2018
As the launch of Jotunheim Nutrition draws nearer there are a few questions that bears elaborating on, one of them is in regard to aspartame. The short answer to the question in the title is: no, aspartame is not dangerous. Had I concluded that aspartame was dangerous I would not have consumed products containing it.
Below are a few scientific studies for those who would like to know more.
NO EVIDENCE OF HARM – ASPARTAME LINKS TO MEDICINE JOURNALS AND STUDIES DEBUNKING MYTHS
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/aspartame.html – ‘’ Most studies in people have not found that aspartame use is linked to an increased risk of cancer.
One early study suggested that an increased rate of brain tumors in the US during the 1980s might have been related to aspartame use. However, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the increase in brain tumor rates actually began back in the early 1970s, well before aspartame was in use. And most of the increase was seen in people age 70 and older, a group that was not exposed to the highest doses of aspartame, which might also make this link less likely. Other studies have not found an increase in brain tumors related to aspartame use. ’’
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in the United States. In 2007, the FDA stated:
Considering results from the large number of studies on aspartame’s safety, including five previously conducted negative chronic carcinogenicity studies, a recently reported large epidemiology study with negative associations between the use of aspartame and the occurrence of tumors, and negative findings from a series of three transgenic mouse assays, FDA finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe as a general purpose sweetener in food.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assesses the safety of sweeteners such as aspartame in the European Union. According to a 2009 report from its Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food:
Overall, the Panel concluded, on the basis of all the evidence currently available… that there is no indication of any genotoxic or carcinogenic potential of aspartame and that there is no reason to revise the previously established ADI for aspartame of 40 mg/kg [body weight].
‘’According to Walters, the body has mechanisms for filtering out small amounts of methanol. About 24 g of methanol is considered a lethal dose, but aspartame, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar, is used only in milligram amounts. What’s more, Stadler notes, methanol already occurs in many foods at higher levels than those delivered by products containing aspartame.
However, Walters says, people with the rare genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) lack an enzyme for properly metabolizing phenylalanine, so they need to regulate their aspartame intake. In the U.S., all products containing aspartame must, by law, carry a warning for PKU patients.’’
‘’Although the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has not conducted standard 2-year rodent bioassays with aspartame, a number of chronic rodent cancer studies have been performed and are outlined in the Introduction to this report. These studies have been interpreted as showing no consistent carcinogenic response that would raise concerns about the safety of this widely consumed artificial sweetener. ‘’
‘’aspartame was well-tolerated by experimental animals given doses of up to 6 to 8 g aspartame/kg body weight per day (Molinary, 1984). In the current studies, the highest dietary concentration of 50,000 ppm was estimated to provide doses of between 6 and 10 g aspartame/kg body weight per day throughout the studies with all three mouse models. There were no specific clinical signs or consistent effects on body weight gains or survival in any of the studies.’’
‘’A double blind study subjected 55 overweight youth to 13 weeks of a 1,000 Kcal diet accompanied by daily capsules of aspartame or lactose placebo. Both groups lost weight, and the difference was not significant. Weight loss was attributed to caloric restriction. Similar results were reported for a 12-week, 1,500 Kcal program using either regular or diet soda.’’
‘’Interestingly, when sugar was covertly switched to aspartame in a metabolic ward, a 25 percent immediate reduction in energy intake was achieved. Conversely, knowingly ingesting aspartame was associated with increased overall energy intake, suggesting overcompensation for the expected caloric reduction. Vigilant monitoring, caloric restriction, and exercise were likely involved in the weight loss seen in multidisciplinary programs that included artificial sweeteners.’’
‘’Does aspartame produce enough methanol to harm people? The short answer is, “there is a lot of controversy around this question,” as you will see in several of the links below. Most people regularly consume up to 10 mg of methanol per day as part of their normal diet. One 12-ounce can of aspartame-sweetened soda contains about 200 milligrams of aspartame [reference]. You’d add a tenth of this amount to your diet as methanol following digestion (20 mg).’’
‘’Using a comprehensive battery of psychological tests, biochemistry and state of the art metabonomics there was no evidence of any acute adverse responses to aspartame. This independent study gives reassurance to both regulatory bodies and the public that acute ingestion of aspartame does not have any detectable psychological or metabolic effects in humans.’’
- Some concern requiring further investigation exist for some cancers, especially hematopeitic ones, but the data do not clearly identify a relationship.
- Overall exposures up to 40 mg/kg/day do not pose safety concerns based on modeling of evidence-based safe blood levels in a dose-response model.
- Overall, intakes of aspartame are not associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes in populations who do not have PKU.
‘’The problem with many of the “aspartame toxin” stories is that they contain just enough science to make them sound plausible. Unless one understands the science, it is hard to figure out what is right. The short reply to this allegation is that it doesn’t make any difference if there is ethanol in fruits and vegetables or in aspartame-sweetened products, because none provide enough methanol to cause toxicity.’’
‘’Therefore, the argument that the ethanol protects against methanol poisoning is correct. However, this fact applies only in cases of actual methanol poisoning and has absolutely nothing to do with dietary sources of methanol. In the case of consuming aspartame (as with fruit and vegetable drinks or other sources of methanol), the levels are so low that it makes absolutely no difference whether ethanol is present or not.’’
‘’These results further document the safety of the long-term consumption of aspartame at doses equivalent to the amount of aspartame in approximately 10 L of beverage per day.’’
‘’However, accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of these sugar substitutes may also be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This paper discusses these findings and considers the hypothesis that consuming sweet-tasting but noncaloric or reduced-calorie food and beverages interferes with learned responses that normally contribute to glucose and energy homeostasis. Because of this interference, frequent consumption of high-intensity sweeteners may have the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements.’’
Posted on May 26, 2018
It is our great pleasure to announce a few additions to the Hanseatic Clothing Store. First and foremost we have the Pagan Nature and Gym Hoodie, which is made out of a thinner material and is thus suitable for endeavours during the Spring, Summer and early Autumn. It is also made with a bit of stretch in it to ensure a good and comfortable fit. Regarding the name it is a description of its purpose, the hoodie is suited for both being out in nature and being in the gym. The Raven is a beautiful Pagan symbol for those who which to represent the Old Gods.
Except for the Zealot’s Delight this is my personal favourite from our line. Proudly made in Poland.
Next up we have a pair of high quality lifting straps. Very proud to be able to list these as made in Sweden.
The colours are a light blue-grey with a thin print of black.
The print might fade as the time goes on, as a testament to your hard work in the gym. The leather itself though, should be as durable as Gleipnir, which is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenrir.
Recommended use: All heavy pulling movements, such as deadlifts, weighted chins, and shrugs. On the lighter pulling movements it is recommended to go without straps as to train your grip strength as well.
Moreover, we have Lord Byron’s Cultured Thug, which uses the same material as the Pagan Nature and Gym Hoodie, and is thus suited to similar endeavours, although with a bit different aesthetics. The name is taken from the following quote:
“Truthfully, in this age those with intellect have no courage and those with some modicum of physical courage have no intellect. If things are to alter during the next fifty years then we must re-embrace Byron’s ideal: the cultured thug.”
The design represents this aspect with two details; the Fleur-de-Lis stands for the cultured aspect (i.e. the strive for intellectual prowess) and the brass knuckle zipper stands for the thug aspect (i.e. the strive for martial prowess). It is a similar metaphor to that of the sword and the book; the combination of physical and intellectual capacity.
Lastly, we have the Handsome Shorts Mark II. These are aesthetically speaking essentially the same as the previous edition. The difference is in the material; whereas the first edition of the Handsome Shorts were made out of 100% cotton, the Handsome Shorts Mark II are made with 92% cotton and 8% elastan. The reason for the change is beautiful in its simplicity; elastan gives you a bit more flexibility and comfort when engaging in athletic endeavours. We took a good product and made it a bit better (better as in more suited to the purpose).
All items are available at legiogloria.com
Note, due to the extremely aesthetic nature of the garments some of them are already out of stock.
Posted on May 17, 2018
This has been a long time in the making; ever since I faced the stark choice of standing by my beliefs versus retaining a rather prosperous sponsorship. Honour and loyalty is everything so I could not back down; the choice was easy, I had to push forward and forge my own path. After many trials and hard work I am thus extremely happy to announce Jotunheim Nutrition.
Stay tuned for a high testosterone launch this June. Our plan is beautiful in its simplicity. Supply high quality supplements for the Disciples of the Iron. The philosophy for the products is straight-forward: We will not sell anything that I do not recommend – which means only legitimate products will be available, and products I will use myself. In addition to supplying high quality supplements made in Sweden, we will also aim at promoting a healthy lifestyle and a reawakening of European mythology.
Made in Sweden 🇸🇪
Posted on May 14, 2018
Checking in from the Wellspring of Eternity with some profound wisdom.
Be humble. Not in the low thumos sense but in the sense that you are grateful for what you have and by being humble in your pursuit of Enlightenment. Thinking that you already know everything is not a good instrument to get wiser with (the same goes for having a massive ego). Be open minded, but be uncompromising with your ideals (honour and loyalty etc.).
Spend some time each day (or at least every once in a while) to think about the things you are grateful for. If you have someone; hug her tight. If you are healthy; cherish that fact. If you have a comfortable bed to sleep in; acknowledge that it is a luxury.
These things might seem obvious but if you actively think about it I’d say that you will find more harmony.
Garment is available (XL still in stock) at: https://legiogloria.com/product/zealots-delight/
Posted on April 20, 2018
Saluting the Baltic Sea whilst admiring its beauty and contemplating its importance in our history (read up on the Hanseatic League for additional wisdom).
This being said, I am lamenting the fact that the sea is not in the best of conditions (something that is true for most of the World’s waters). The powers to be are more concerned about overseeing the Great Replacement of Europe’s native population than caring for Earth herself. This will change when we win the metapolical war and righteous views permeate society.
Until then, remember that you vote, not only for political parties (if you have voted for any mainstream party – shame on you), but also with your wallet, so the first step is to actively start thinking about where your food comes from (as previously mentioned: buy local).
Post via my Instagram @thegloriouslion
Posted on April 20, 2018
From my speech in Stockholm last weekend.
A few points that I elaborated on was the need for Nationalists to represent themselves in the best possible way, and in doing so representing the ideology well.
1) Be well dressed.
2) Be polite and well spoken.
3) Be as well trained as possible; a healthy mind in a healthy body.
4) Never partake in any sort of anti-social behaviour. Drunkenness, for example, is never acceptable.
5) Use humour when it is appropriate. A good sense of humour is a sign of intelligence and social skills (both which are valuable when engaging in the Patriot Game).
6) Also recognise the gravity of the situation and conduct yourself thereafter.
To conclude, if you harbour serious convictions, you must make sure to be your very best to represent your cause in the very best way.
Posted on April 13, 2018
Are you an Environmentalist? Are you a Nationalist? I assume that you will answer yes to at least one of the questions.
One of the best things you can do if this is the case is to start buying local to an as large extent as possible, especially when it comes to food (or other frequent purchases). For the Environmentalist who cares about Mother Earth this means a smaller carbon footprint in regard to pollution and use of energy (due to less transportation), for the Nationalist it means supporting your local economy. Moreover, eating locally grown food will more often than not ensure a more nutritious product (yet again due to less time spent in transport).
Lastly, I have nothing against global trade on a smaller scale (i.e. importing coffee etc.), but as it is right now it is taking a heavy toll on Earth in addition to endangering local farmers (Swedish farmers are currently in peril for example).
Remember that you vote with your wallet.
Posted on March 26, 2018
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
– Siddhartha Guatama the Buddha