..."Staff Sgt. Eric Thomas, 441st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), said he began drinking energy drinks during a previous deployment to Iraq. The drinks, he said, helped him stay awake during night convoy operations.
"I have cut back to drinking two a day, in the past, I used to drink a half dozen in a single day," said Thomas.
He cited concerns about health implications and the high cost of energy drinks as reasons for his decision to make the decrease. The average cost for an energy drink ranges from two to three dollars." ...
Another interesting post: A tale of American soldiers in Iraq stealing water to survive - HERE
...Some soldiers who were questioned reported ample water and Gatorade supplies...
Did Gatorade once contain Aspartame in 2000-2001? It now contains Sucralose, but as we know, many companies have swapped Aspartame for Sucralose in many products due to public pressure.
From my list, many energy drinks have Aspartame or Sucralose twinned with Acesulfame K (even if they're not heated up, the nasty chemicals are not what we'd want for soldiers, especially as side effects can include mental disturbance; coupled with high caffeine content).
What about meals intended to be heated up (diet meals) and hot drinks that contain Aspartame like 'Options' brand hot chocolate, zero calorie syrups for coffee, sugar-free jellies you make with boiling water and tabletop sweeteners with Aspartame you add to hot drinks and for baking?
'Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic' - Dr Roberts discusses the Influence of Heat on page 660.
..."Instability of aspartame in heat occurs when aspartame soft drinks are exposed to temperatures higher than those used in company-sponsored studies. The Federal Register (Volume 48, No. 132, July 8, 1983) indicated that the degradation of aspartame is 38 percent at 86° F, and over 50 percent at 104° F. Aspartame is converted to its racemate breakdown products during heating (Novick 1985). (It also occurs at room temperature by interactions with other components of food and beverages.) Bada (1987) demonstrated that boiling causes an internal rearrangement of aspartame. (The heating of chocolate products containing aspartame may poses a special problem.)" ...
THE INFLUENCE OF STORAGE ('Aspartame Disease:
An Ignored Epidemic' by Dr Roberts, page 663)
..."When aspartame is dissolved in liquid, it becomes unstable and begins to break down into its individual components. The rate of breakdown is largely dependent upon temperature and pH. Even refrigerated drinks are sold with an eight-week shelf life owing to their acidic pH.
According to the original stability data submitted to the FDA as part of the approval process for use of aspartame in carbonated beverages, 11-16% breaks down after eight weeks at 68°F, 38% breaks down at 86°F, and over 50% breaks down after nine weeks at 104°F.
Independent tests by Tsang (1985) demonstrate how quickly aspartame can break down in carbonated beverages stored at room temperature. The following are figures for one-liter (l.057 quart) bottles of diet cola sweetened with aspartame and stored at 71.6°F. ...
Safety of aspartame-sweetened carbonated soft drinks not guaranteed because of improper storage - HERE
... "It is written on the labels of all the mentioned varieties of drinks that they must be kept in 0 to 18 degrees Celsius, excluding Baikal, which must be kept in 2 to 12 degrees. Air temperature in Yerevan exceeds 35 degrees, and in wholesale warehouses drinks are being held not properly – in open air or under direct sunrays. Somewhere drinks are sold under umbrellas, but they are kept on hot asphalt.
It is known that aspartame segregates into formaldehyde, methanol and phenylalanine, which can affect human health. That is why such drinks are harmful for consumers in the current weather." ....
Years ago young Jennifer Cohen did an experiment for school on diet pop, tested by a food laboratory and it was reported in the Food Chemical News: Even diet pop that was refrigerated had already broken down to formaldehyde and DKP.
Informants for years have reported heated storage of diet pop and information on improper transportation of the cans on flatbed trucks.
In the article from Nutraceuticals it says under food covered by the rule:
"The Sanitary Transport Rule applies to the full scope of foods regulated by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (the FD&C Act), including pet food, food additives and dietary supplements. Exemptions include: 1) food that is completely enclosed in a container unless refrigeration is needed for safety".
When it comes to aspartame naturally it needs refrigeration. You may remember that in the beginning it was only approved for dry foods because back then the FDA was willing to admit you could not heat it. Even the manufacturer in their secret trade information which they were forced to provide in congressional hearings they admitted it could not be approved for all things. ...
Foods imported to Armenia from EEU not tested for carcinogens - HERE
... "It's summer, it's very hot, and it is natural that people are constantly thirsty, and many did not hesitate to buy soft drinks on the street, but they should know that drinks in plastic bottles which are exposed to heat all day long are harmful to health." ...