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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