Aspartame is safe. Avoid it anyways.

Aspartame is an ingredient in the artificial sweetener Equal. (Wikimedia Commons)

The artificial sweetener aspartame, best known as an additive to diet sodas, has been around for more than 50 years. Despite some controversies regarding its approval, aspartame is safe. That fact hasn’t stopped various aspartame hoaxes from regularly circulating, which get signal-boosted by quacks like Dr. Mercola. So I decided to take a look at the molecule, its metabolites, and whether or not there is any veracity to claims of toxicity.

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