I have been reading with interest the comments on aspartame...I would not touch it myself...(I was told I was lucky to have been aware of it's poisonous effect back in the eighties when I had a bad reaction to a diet dr pepper) I had horrible stomach pains and even sought out the cap (it was a glass bottle with no ingredients on the label)I had to look in the trash to find it...it was written very tiny...but listed aspartame...looking back they were trying to hide it from consumers even then.
Speaking of tiny...and hiding ingredients...it is even in breath mints...but so small on the package... most people wouldn't notice...so beware...and I have read they were caught a few instances...of not listing aspartame at all...but were required to mention phenalalnalane (sorry for misspelled word)
My mother in law (pased away now at 92) always had a reaction to aspartame when well-do-ers would bring her "healthy sugar free snacks" I continually tried to guard her consumption and warned her not to eat anything unless I read the label...she would call me and be very confused...each time I would question her and always somebody had given her something with aspartame...I could tell just to talk to her...normally she was in a pretty stable mind.
I watched my daughter in law...become a screaming shrew, moody and gained weight, became diabetic and had hormone problems at a young age...but would not listen to me about aspartame, and even kept a can of diet drink in her hand most of the time...maybe a "in your face" thing!
I have tried to spread the warning...some will listen...most won't...but we have to keep trying. As to whether it will ever be taken off the shelves...probably not...sadly the money driven few override common sense.
Aspartame is mentioned in "Natural Cures they don't want you to know about" by Keven...and in several other good books...actually that's how I judge a health or diet book...look up aspartame in the index...and if they recommend rather than warn against the poison...I quickly put the book down. If they know so little...or if they ignore facts...I am not interested in anything else they have to say...
Thanks for your good work Doctor! I appreciate the good information!