Aspartame is one of these most controversial subjects i have ever seen next to lyme. When this chemical hit the market in the 80's, the strange symptoms mounted. People were complaining to the FDA and logging into a site to report their symptoms. This is about the time when Multiple sclerosis and lyme cases were on the increase. Is there a connection? I won't comment on that. It is a very long story but in a nut shell, i've seen scientists disprove the methanol and formaldehyde forming potential of the molecule and on the other hand, i've heard of people going to the emergency room to find they suffer from methanol poisoning. But it gets even better, i've heard stories where a pathologist could tell who consumed high amounts of aspartame during an autopsy. Somehow those that consumed high amounts of aspartame already appeared to be preserved like with formaldehyde embalming. I have my own opionions but i'm not going to start some huge argument.
With a large majority of the american population being overweight. Diet drinks have always been appealing. Aspartame is not the answer but they have tried to replace it. Splenda didn't last too long in diet coke when they tried to replace aspartame with it. People just didn't like the taste. Until they find a better alternative, aspartame is here to stay no matter how much damage the chemical is proven to cause. It is all about $$. And nothing will get in the way of a chemical that is addictive and sold all over the world generating millions in wealth.
Overall, i'd avoid it. One diet coke once in a while or some gum is really no big deal. But constant consumption of this chemical could give you symptoms that mirror lyme. I've even read some articles about aspartame locking the borrelia spirochete into the body. Don't see that discussed too often though.
I think Xylitol and stevia are safer alternatives. We don't really know the truth about aspartame.
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