Aspartylphenylalanine-methyl-ester, or Aspartame, is the by-product of an ulcer drug experimentation back in 1965, when a company chemist found an intermediate chemical to have a particularly sweet taste. About a decade later, Aspartame was approved by the FDA for restricted use in dry foods. Then it got on an experimental roller coaster of bans and re-approvals.
Today, Aspartame is a dietary “hot potato.” Still in widespread use by weight-conscious consumers, Aspartame has fervent fans but has not escaped the heavy criticism of scientific circles, who associate it with headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression, even cancer.
We studied the impact of Aspartame on IAP and found it can indeed predispose to obesity and diabetes.
A new study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)…