In Sept. 10’s column, Dr. K (evidently for “klueless”), made the ridiculous assertion that aspartame (the artificial sweetener) is harmless. That’s what the chemical companies told us in Vietnam — “Agent Orange? Naw, it won’t hurt you.”
In the world of harmful food additives, aspartame may turn out to be the most notoriously harmful of them all. Research shows that aspartame may mimic or worsen diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and depression.
In 1994, the Department of Health and Human Services released a list of 61 reported adverse reactions to aspartame, including: chest pains, asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, insomnia, seizures, tremors, vertigo and weight gain. The surprising item on that list is “weight gain,” given the fact that aspartame is the sweetener used in most diet sodas. In fact, according to one study, aspartame may actually stimulate appetite, prompting cravings for calorie-rich carbohydrates.
Don’t take my word for it, do some research. Then avoid taking advice from pharmaceutical company shills like this Dr. K.