Is the artificial sweetener aspartame bad for you? The FDA and food industry think it is A-OK. But some researchers have linked aspartame to cancer, neurological problems, and preterm delivery. For me, it’s really a non-issue whether government regulatory bodies and researchers ever reach a consensus on the safety of artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
As a general rule, I try to eat only food, not substances never found in nature that were synthesized in a laboratory (a.k.a. food additives). This is surprisingly difficult if you shop in an American supermarket. Lots of ingredients in processed foods fall into this food additives category: artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners. I avoid them all.
Somewhat related rant/ true story: my vegan sister has long been an avid ingredient reader. She told me that recently she looked up an unfamiliar ingredient listed on a loaf of white bread at my mom’s house to see if her kids could eat it. The unfamiliar ingredient, she discovered, was derived from human hair. So, as a vegan, she couldn’t eat it (since humans are animals, after all). But, seriously, what is that doing in a loaf of bread??? What I’m saying to you is, there are a lot of non-food ingredients in “food” these days. Maybe the government thinks they are OK, and maybe researchers haven’t found anything wrong with them (yet). I think you should avoid them.
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