Thursday Throughput: Aspartame Edition

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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7 Responses

  1. Michael Cain

    ThTh8: So, if the world’s biggest conventional supercomputer would take 47 years to calculate the answer, how do they know that the quantum computer got the right answer?Report

  2. Pinky

    I hate to do the logician thing, especially when we’re talking about vaccine / race conspiracies, but this doesn’t work:

    “Second, COVID-19 did not hit the Jewish or Asian communities lightly. If anything, it hit them harder, in part because ultra-orthodox Jews refused to take the vaccine.”

    The first statement addresses the relative seriousness of the disease by race. The rebuttal can’t address the relative frequency of vaccination. It’s like saying “skin pigmentation among Irish people doesn’t make them more vulnerable to sunburn, if anything they’re less vulnerable because they live outside the tropics”.Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to Pinky

      Also, Asian Americans had very high vaccination rates, and were in fact hit relatively lightly. Lower obesity rates likely played a role as well.

      It’s not as easy to explain why East Asian countries were relatively lightly hit, even before vaccines became available. I don’t think the fact that Japan and Taiwan are island nations with tight border controls (and South Korea is also effectively an island nation, having only one extraordinarily tightly controlled border with North Korea) explains much. These countries all had outbreaks large enough that they should have generated sustained domestic spread, but they peaked at much, much lower levels than in the US and Europe. Maybe genetic factors did play a role after all.Report

  3. CJColucci

    That currently permitted level is 40 mg per kg of body weight.

    Over what period of consumption?Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to CJColucci

      Per day, presumably indefinitely.

      The FDA has set the ADI for aspartame at 50 milligrams per kilogram (1 kg=2.2 lb) of body weight per day (50 mg/kg/day).

      Both JECFA and the EFSA recommend a slightly lower ADI for aspartame, at 40 mg/kg/day.


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