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The Truth about Aspartame

June 16, 2015 1 min read

Thousands of food and beverage products that we consume contain aspartame. We’ve heard everything from it causes cancer to seizures, depression and many other ailments, but what is the actual health risk behind the sugar substitute? Is it really as bad as we’ve heard?

One unsettling fact about aspartame is that when we digest it, it gets partially broken down into the compound methanol, and further processed into formaldehyde, which is a well known carcinogen under on-going exposure. This is likely where the theoretical link to cancer has been recognized and it doesn’t sound like something we want in our bodies.

However, formaldehyde can be found in many other, more-natural, products and ingredients that we consume, and never actually gets stored in the body. The body uses it positively to produce amino acids and build protein.

Some people claim to have a sensitivity to aspartame but there isn’t any evidence to claim that aspartame allergies actually exist. Likely, the fact that aspartame is an unnatural ingredient in the first place is the reason that the body shows intolerance to the substance.

The FDA has approved the acceptable intake of aspartame to be 50 mg per 1kg of bodyweight – equating to more than 15 cans of soda per day if you average 150 lbs.

As long as you consume aspartame in moderation you won’t have to worry about any damaging side effects. No one needs 15 cans of soda a day anyway.

How do you feel about aspartame? h/t: Refinery 29

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