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Doctor Joseph Mercola attacks aspartame as America's deadliest sweetener


Most diet drinks contain aspartame (Nutrasweet)

Writing in today's Huffington Post, osteopath Joseph Mercola claims not only that aspartame (Nutrasweet (tm)) is "America's deadliest sweetener," but that its FDA approval was purely the result of "political and financial pressure."

He also claims that Aspartame may have affected millions already, causing behavior and neurological problems. So that can of Diet Coke I am drinking that I bought today at Stop and Shop may be killing me?

Relax everyone and take a deep breath! Doctor Mercola is not a research scientist, but an osteopath who has gone deeply into "Natural Health Information."

He refers to a number of studies but cites not a single reference. None of the studies he claims to refer to seem to be available among the peer-reviewed articles indexed on the NIH's PubMed web site. In fact, one of the top studies found when searching for "aspartame toxicity review" conclude that "the weight of existing evidence is that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a nonnutritive sweetener."

Mercola's website is not a collection of scholarly articles, but a site peddling natural health supplements and articles denying the effectiveness of vaccination and fluoridation. And, to top it off one of the top links is to a short statement by noted eccentric politician Ron Paul,

This is the kind of scare article where you really have to ask some hard questions, like "what are your qualifications?" and "what exactly is your evidence?".

Reading his wild claims in his article makes it clear that this is an empty scare article not backed up by any real research.The only people that need to be worried about aspartame are phenylketonurics, because it can hydrolyze into phenylalanine, which they cannot handle. For everyone else it is perfectly safe.

In conclusion, aspartame is safe, but the Huffington Post is not, and Mercola is not to be taken seriously.

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Comments

  • Karla Sullivan/Chicago Career Coach 4 years ago

    Great article....well-said

  • R Schloemer 4 years ago

    This is what horrifies me most about our present age. We believe we have come so far, fought so hard for the fruit of wisdom, but we are the same as we were 1000 years ago. This is the most destructive kind of influence people can have on our society. If only there were a way to restrain it without compromising the freedom of speech. God help us all.

  • nyscof 4 years ago

    Dr. Mercola is spot on about fluoridation. People who claim to be skeptics tend to make assumptions that are not scientifically valid. Modern science indicates that ingesting fluoride does not reduce tooth decay (it hardens teeth topically), but does lead to adverse effects such as dental fluorosis - white spotted, yellow, brown and sometimes pitted teeth.

    this is why both the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control now advise that infant formula not be mixed with fluoridated water. Has your water company told you about this?

    Fluoride is neither a nutrient nor essential for healthy teeth. It does not belong in water supplies - especially when our most vulnerable, babies, are not being protected by education campaigns from legislators, health departments or dental organizations.

    for more info google The fluoride Action Network

  • Kristin King - Norfolk Cooking Examiner 4 years ago

    I, for one, cannot have anything with aspartame in it...it makes me SO ill. Great article.

  • Sherry 4 years ago

    Interesting article -- thanks!

  • Vanessa 4 years ago

    Artificial sweeteners make me sick as well. When it comes to soda, the pure sugar cane varieties taste much better than the ones with Nutrasweet or a gallon of sweeteners. I can actually taste the flavor instead of an aftertaste or syrup.

  • illwisherinattic 4 years ago

    @nyscof: citation needed?

    I started to gape at the first paragraph. Aspartame is a protein, there's no way it can be toxic at 5uM

  • Kevin 4 years ago

    I don't understand... you guys really don't understand how dangerous aspartame is??

  • um. 4 years ago

    this article is bogus, we need skeptics out there keeping people aware that everything we digest isn't good for our well-being. Just because the FDA approved this awful tasting sweetener doesn't mean its perfectly safe to drink. I for one stay away from sugar substitutes because they taste horrible, leave me feeling sluggish, and aren't long term tested.

    Just like fluoride in the water, all the current independent research points towards harmful affects to the human body. I bet most of you people don't even know how fluoridation came into affect in the United States, or even that Nazi Germany used fluoridated water in their concentration camps. Do you think they were trying to protect the prisoners teeth? I think not.

    Do your own research, make opinions for yourself, and don't dismiss claims based on articles like this by "James Cooper". Get off your high horse guy.

  • wait. 4 years ago

    I thought the huffington post was a joke newspaper, like the onion.

  • Bill 4 years ago

    Clearly Mr. Cooper's agenda is political,(something against Huffington Post) or personal (something against Dr. Mercola). Almost anybody that can read and who want's to know the truth knows that there are many studies that show that aspartame is bad. If he really wanted to inform us he would have told us that all soda's are bad for you. I can't wait for Mr. Cooper's next article. "Cigarettes- Not as bad as the liberal media wants you to believe"

  • Kelly 4 years ago

    Obviously those who don't believe this doctor is off their wagon. Aspartame was denied about 8 times without changing much of it's chemical compounds and then was magically accepted by the FDA while stevia, a great sweetener was denied. Aspartame has been linked to alzeihmers, cancer, and various other diseases. There is no benefit to this poison. Consume at your own risk.

  • JIMMY Orion 4 years ago

    "Quack Quack"

  • You're an Idiot 4 years ago

    It's so easy to dismiss independent research as 'sensationalism,' but it's ridiculous how resistant people are towards the suggestion that they're being stupid for swallowing everything that the mainstream media/government spoon feeds you. Lack of citations is a good criticism, but "not even a real doctor! omg!" is proof of how much we will trust someone just because s/he has a diploma. Dr. Mercola's research should be scrutinized, because for every sincere effort to uncover real coverups, there are also people who are just interested in creating news. But his lack of 'real knowledge' (simply because he's not considered an 'expert in the field') should NOT be a reason to discredit him.

    Then again, this is how the world works. And since I'm at the top, and you fools are the ones paying for my extravagancies, I won't complain. So drink up all that Pepsi, and brush your teeth with tap water.
    P.S. I don't.

  • Daniel 4 years ago

    Awww, now why'd you have to go and dis on Ron Paul. I was enjoying a perfectly good article until you had to inject politics into it.

  • Brad Gerlick 4 years ago

    FIRST, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Aspertame consumed during pregnancy is linked to a significantly higher increase in the chance that the child develops autism.

    This article is absolutely terrible. The author dismisses the possibility of aspertame's potential to cause damage to health strictly by the doctors lack of supporting evidence. But then the author boldly states "In conclusion, aspartame is safe" without providing any supporting evidence himself. Written by someone who is most likely uneducated and lacks any proper background in the field of medicine or health.

    I find humor in the following sentence because it directly applies to the authors article:
    This is the kind of scare article where you really have to ask some hard questions, like "what are your qualifications?" and "what exactly is your evidence?".

  • Curt Guillory 4 years ago

    Bravo Jim Bravo!! You certainly got people talking about this issue and with good reason. Great article!

  • elizabeth 4 years ago

    Perfectly safe? Ha! James Cooper looks like the poster boy for health too (NOT)

    Gee, I trust what the government gives us (go do your homework how Rumsfield got it accepted) I wouldn't be drinking the Kool Aid if I were you.

    And yeah the dis on ROn Paul? He is the ONE politician that really tells us to QUESTION our govt!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    You are a moron and clearly don't have a clue about how the NIH operates, who their funding comes from, and what stipulations are attached to that funding--nor do you seem to have a clue about how products are approved and brought to market. For your information, Mercola knows more about what he's talking about than you do. Please NOTE, you did not give a year for that TOP study you referred to, and your quote, "the weight of existing evidence is that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a nonnutritive sweetener."
    is ludicrous in the non-context you used it in. EXACTLY when was this study conducted, and what were the "current" levels of consumption at that time? Since the very questionable approval aspartame obtained, it has since become the default nonnutrative sweetener in more products than most people realize, so before you go spouting off about its' supposed safety, you should do some real research.

  • Sugar! 3 years ago

    James Cooper; Looks like you just got burnt by all the other comments from others who also did not fall for your lies. Its a shame its not actual flames though. People like you should have their tongues cut out and their fingers removed, for safety purposes of course.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Just like Mercola, plenty of people here are referencing studies without a single citation.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    We should take a look at the people involved with the last in depth study done on aspartame that concluded it was perfectly safe - http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/burdock/

    Can you spot ANY of the study authors as not having GIANT conflicts of interest, all perfectly verifiable.

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