The Aspartame Controversy

By: Jacquelyn Buffo
Published on September 19, 2011
Last Updated on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM
Total Updates: 5

Coffee sweeteners, diet soda, baked goods, and candy are among the many items available that contain the artificial sweetener called aspartame. Until recently, it was a safe assumption that any product containing a calorie-free artificial sweetener contained aspartame. While it still is a widely used sugar substitute, what is not widely understood by consumers is the vast amount of negative side effects that it has. In fact, some studies indicate that aspartame can have as many as 92 side effects.

The side effects of aspartame can be physical, psychological, and neurologic. Studies report that aspartame can cause blindness, headaches, depression, memory loss, tremors, and a plethora of other severe side effects. The effects can be gradual, immediate, or acute depending on the individual. Many people believe that aspartame is at the root of their health and mental health issues. Those who are convinced that aspartame is detrimental are also convinced that the reason why it is not outlawed is due to a conspiracy between corporate America and the government. The diet industry is worth trillions of dollars and removing it from products would cost a lot of money in revenue as well as in recalling the products.

Still, there are those individuals out there who defend aspartame to the end. However, research does not lie and as a consumer it is your choice. Read up on the product; there are books, essays, and websites that are solely dedicated to exposing the adverse effects of aspartame to you, the consumer. Keep in mind that just because it is available for purchase does not make it good for you.