Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald Replies to Our Campaign:
Say No to SodaStream and Say Yes to Human Rights had written to Health Minister Theresa Oswald about the nutritional value of SodaStream and our concern that it is being marketed at families and kids. In fact, a recent Breakfast Television segment touted SodaStream has a great gadget to have around the cottage this summer…see the post on this blog about the Breakfast Television Earth Day segment.
In our letter to Ms. Oswald we included our health information, focusing on the fact that some SodaStream syrup contains Acesulfame Potassium [sometimes referred to as Acesulfame K] which is a relatively new sugar substitute
Acesulfame Potassium is a calorie-free sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. In Canada it is not permitted to be sold in individual packets.
This product is considered controversial in some circles because of the lack of long term studies.
In an article, Ten Foods You Should Avoid by Cynthia Reynolds in Best Health Magazine, Acesulfame K [Potassium] is listed as one of these Ten foods you should avoid.
Two previous animal studies found a connection between Acesulfame K [Potassium] and cancer.
The Dietitians of Canada website also states that people on low potassium diets should avoid Acesulfame Potassium.
Moreover, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has singled out Acesulfame Potassium as a product that has undergone poor quality and inadequate testing of its safety and cancer causing potential.
Acesulfame Potassium has also been found to have negative effects on the thyroid gland in dogs, rabbits and rats.
Another recent article in Family Health Magazine advises that children should avoid all sugar substitutes, like Acesulfame Potassium, unless blood sugar control is an issue, parents should choose a natural sweetener over something artificial
Ms. Oswald, interestingly enough, wrote back saying the SodaStream issue is under federal jurisdiction and that we should contact our Member of Parliament. Clearly, what we have found in writing to any public official on this topic, is that no one wants to touch it, even if it is in their jurisdiction, even though illegal West Bank settlement goods are sitting on our store shelves and consumers have every right to know what they are buying. Say No to SodaStream and Say Yes! to Human Rights believes are public officials should be proactive and address this issue because by not doing so consumers become complicit in the Occupation of Palestine.