Further on in the article, Dr. Mercola cites several reasons why aspartame (brand names include Equal and Nutrasweet) are so dangerous:As for diet soda, the researchers concluded that:"This study suggests that diet soda is not an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages, and may be associated with a greater risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, or vascular death than regular soda."While more research will likely be needed to confirm this potential link, there’s plenty of evidence showing that aspartame can be dangerous to your health. I believe aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous artificial sweetener on the market. Reports of adverse reactions to the US FDA also supports this, as aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA!
What Makes Aspartame so Dangerous?
OK, wood alcohol (isn't that the stuff that made people go blind during Prohibition?) and brain tumors! Scary stuff, indeed. Here's the link to read the full article: New Study says Diet Sodas Increase Risk of Stroke
- Phenylalanine: 50 percent
- Methanol (aka wood alcohol/poison): 10 percent that is formed from breaking the ester bond linkage of aspartic acid and pheylalanine.Each of these comes with its own set of health hazards, which you can read more about on my aspartame page. Additionally, diketopiperazine (DKP) is created as a byproduct of aspartame metabolism in your body, and DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors.
I'll bet that reading about the dangers of Aspartame will make your loved ones (or you?) think twice before gulping down another diet soda. Seltzer with a squeeze of lime makes a nice soda, for those weaning themselves off of diet sodas. I know, it ain't sweet, but it is delicious and thirst quenching.