I just came across some interesting information in my weight class and because I had noticed some questions about aspartame on this forum recently, I thought I would share this with you. Although I realize most bb’s do not drink very much pop, we all know people who do. This info is for those people who are convinced that diet pop is fine.
Aspartame is not a natural product. It's predecessor is saccarine, which has been banned in Canada as "unsafe for human consumption". Packets of saccarine still available in the US contain warning right on the packages that the product causes cancer in lab rats. Aspartame is made up of 3 chemicals: 50% phenalaline, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methyl alcohol (wood alcohol). Methyl alcohol breaks down in the body into formaldehyde and DKP (or formic acid). Both are known to cause cancer and both accumulate in the body without detection. Both also are known to cause various side effects such as malais, nausea, recurrent headaches, dizziness, visual disturbance, blindness, shooting pains, cardiac rhythm changes and death.
The EPA in US suggests less than 8 mg of methanol alcohol as a safe limits for humans. A typical litre of diet soda contains 85 mgs.
Aspartame is also known to be addictive. It is found in diet soda, instant breakfasts, cereals, sugar free products, instant beveridges, frozen deserts, jello, pudding, laxatives, powdered drink mixes, wine coolers, candies, etc.
So, for whoever it was that asked a while ago what is wrong with diet pop–there you go!