Sweet vs Poison Essay

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The Food and Drug Administration describe aspartame as “One of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved.” It was discovered in 1965 then the F.D.A approved of it in 1981(AlSuhaibani). Aspartame is found in our every day protein products. Over 90 countries throughout the world use aspartame as a synthetic nonnutritive sweetener and over 6000 products contain aspartame. The Food Safety U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Authority has placed a level mark of how much aspartame could be consumed before any side effects occur, 50 mg/kg body weight per day. Aspartame has been tested by using mice, rats, hamsters and dogs. These animals were given well over the amount a human should ever …show more content…
On the other hand, methanol is a harmful substance, but the amount of it is so little that it has no effect at all. A cup of tomato juice produces six times more methanol than a cup of diet soda. Methanol is completely broken down from formaldehyde to formic acid so formaldehyde is gone. The formic acid is then broken down into water and carbon dioxide (Shermer).
Back in 1981 after aspartame was approved by the F.D.A, people started to criticize it. Some things that were said about it made it seem impossible to be accepted. There are many accusations on the internet that says aspartame is poison, causes headaches, seizures, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, blindness, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, even Gulf War Syndrome. An ad on the internet also said “If you…suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, join paint, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory-loss-you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE!” Anti-aspartame wants us to believe that “When they remove brain tumors, they have found high levels of aspartame in them.” According to Time.com, About.com and Snopes.com, these are lies from anti-aspartame groups. Nancy Markle was accused of plagiarizing Betty Martini through an email. Betty Martini is a major anti-aspartame. She is also anti-vaccine, anti-msg,

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