By Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Mission Possible International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097
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Posted: 13 February 2008

Dear Nadia:

With regard to your article, the troops need to stay away from any product with aspartame.

Read the Ecologist which starts out with "Once upon a time there was a biochemical warfare weapon":

About Gulf War Syndrome and those aspartame laced drinks:

Thirdly, they should not be using any gum with aspartame:

Actually, that goes for anyone. Aspartame should have a label: Genocide: Keep out of reach of humans.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum.
Founder, Mission Possible World Health International
9270 River Club Parkway
Duluth, Georgia 30097

Aspartame Toxicity Center:

Beverage Companies Target UAE:

02/13/2008 12:20 AM
By Nadia Saleem, Staff Reporter

Dubai: With the highest per capita beverage consumption at 635 litres annually against the 197-litre global average, the UAE offers attractive opportunities for companies in the drinks sector.

The market for bottled water, soft drinks, tea and coffee is growing exponentially, according to a research done by Gulfood, the region's largest food, drink, food services and hospitality equipment exhibition.

"As a territory which has traditionally relied upon a high volume of beverage imports, the region has become a major market for drinks producers," said Trixee Loh, exhibitions general manager, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Gulfood.

"Given this development and the range of economic opportunities that this has created, we felt that it was appropriate to focus more on the drinks sector at Gulfood," she said.

Bottled water sales in the Middle East have more than doubled in the past five years, according to a research carried out by industry specialist Zenith International, the organisers of beverage workshops, set to take place at the exhibition.

Dangerous trend

However, health experts say the trend is dangerous.

A major percentage of beverages consumed, soft drinks "has become a fad in this region, which started when the fast food chains came in. It's a combination which becomes a slow addiction to the taste," said Anjali Dange, a dietician at Welcare Hospital. "Any soft drink has a lot of chemicals in them whether they are diet or not. They use a sugar substitute called aspartame, which is a chemical. All of these act on the body," she said.

"Some people consume soft drinks as a substitute for water, which has to be cut down."

High levels of water usage also cause both environmental and economic problems. It places high stress on fresh water resources and groundwater aquifers.

The GCC countries rely heavily on desalination plants to treat sea water.

More than 2,500 companies who specialise in the food, drink and hospitality sector have registered themselves with Gulfood, which will take place from February 24 to 27.

In a nutshell: facts of water

- The UAE is the third largest per capita water consuming country in the world after the US and Canada. Consumption of drinking water in the GCC states rose from 1.9 billion cubic metres in 1958 to 3.9 billion cubic metres in 1999.

- The volume of potable water consumption would total 8.8 billion cubic metres by 2010. To meet this growing demand, governments in the region are turning towards desalination.

- The GCC states have collectively spent more than $40 billion on building around 550 seawater desalination stations over the last 25 years. These include around 393 plants in Saudi Arabia, 98 in the UAE and 34 in Kuwait, which provide nearly 85 per cent of the region's drinking water.

- Each year 80 million additional people will tap the earth's water. In the past century, global water withdrawals have increased almost tenfold.

- Globally, around 1.1 billion people are still drinking water from unsafe sources like unprotected wells, rivers, ponds and street vendors.

- Higher standards of living are changing water demand patterns. Most of the usage in households is for toilet flushing (33 per cent), bathing and showering (20-32 per cent), and for washing machines and dishwashers (15 per cent). The proportion of water used for cooking and drinking (3 per cent) is minimal compared to other uses.

- A Canadian uses over six times as much water per day as an average Indian, and over 30 times as much as a rural villager in Kenya.