Diabetes — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 10th July 2012.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Speaker (Lords) 2:36 pm, 10th July 2012

My Lords, the Minister mentioned unexpected consequences. Does he agree that people who are afraid of eating too much sugar because they might get fat will turn to sugar substitutes such as aspartame? Is he aware that aspartame contains 10% methanol, which, uniquely in the human body, is turned into formaldehyde and has its own neurological hazards? Would he recommend having sugar or sweeteners?