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.
Hey gang, I hope you got the chance to read my first sci-comm piece for Massive Science Consortium. If not, check this link. As we went through the drafts, some sections were trimmed to make the article more focused. I’d like to share with you some of what didn’t make the cut for the published piece.