The NY Times reports that this sweetener can kill: A 7 year Italian study of 1900 rats, with low doses (equal to 4-5 diet cokes per day) shows persuasively:
*more leukemia and lymphoma in males and females
*more kidney cancer in females
*more neurologic cancer in males
Cancer was first reported in association with aspartame in 1974, which was discovered in 1964. Read the history of aspartame.
Read the full study on artificial sweeteners online.
Sweeten your food with stevia, with mint, with agave syrup, with beet syrup, with honey.
Avoid artificial sweeteners until we know more: the safest of these is probably Splenda/Sucralose.
Aspartame (Equal/NutraSweet/Spoonful) consists of two amino acids, L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. It is 180 times as sweet as sugar.
Aspartame is in Diet Coke, instant breakfast, breath mints, some cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, desserts, shake mixes, some teas, wine coolers and yogurt.