This morning a high school friend posted a photo on Facebook about the dangers of aspartame.
Holy crap! Aspartame apparently is the devil. I like my Diet Coke, but I don't expect it to cause dizziness, numbness in my legs, slurred speech, memory loss, or blurred vision -- unless I've added a healthy ration of rum, in which case that's pretty much what I'm shooting for.
It turns out aspartame is not a pseudonym for Captain Morgan. It's an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute. And sure enough, articles about its hazards abound on the Internet. But there are just as many articles and forum discussions debunking such claims.
I don't know what to believe. But I will say this -- strictly for your personal consumption: the debate leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I won't sugar-coat the story; you'll hear no such saccharine tales from me. Nor do I want to sour anyone on their beliefs. It's just hard to swallow; who knows which side is more full of it? All I'm saying is digest the data with a healthy dose of skepticism, lest you find yourself eating crow ... or humble pie ... or #%>& -- unseasoned, as it were. (Sorry for the salty language.)
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