Related: "Genetically Modified BACTERIA Used to Make NutraSweet"
The patent was first filed in 1981, but this is the first time it is being made public. From the report, we learn that it is harvested from the excrement of GM E. coli bacteria.
The E. Coli is grown in tanks. When they take a dump, that stuff is collected because it contains the protein aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid. Once treated with methanol, it then becomes the artificial sweetener.
Now, let's be real. This is still not enough for me, at least, to give up my Coke Zero. And no, I'm not curious to even read the label of my beloved Coke Zero for a content check. But it is at least good to know. From crack cocaine to bacteria poop – man, we've come a long way. I guess I should end with the old coke adage: "Have a Coke and a smile!"