I Heart Aspartame
Terrifying right? CURSE YOU FDA!!!
According to David “Avocado” Wolfe, aspartame causes a grab bag of random ailments and the animal kingdom outright rejects the sweet, sweet substance. (I personally make all of my nutrition choices by observing what animals like to eat and what they avoid. After watching an Animal Planet documentary on koalas, my diet mostly consists of eucalyptus leaves.)
The claims made in the above meme are so convincing and well supported, it would be a shame if someone were to test them.
Oh wait, the safety of aspartame has been tested-
“Conclusion: Large daily doses of aspartame had no effect on neuropsychologic, neurophysiologic, or behavioral functioning in healthy young adults. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;68:531–7.”
“Conclusions: Our findings do not support the hypothesis that aspartame increases hematopoietic or brain cancer risk. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006;15(9):1654–9)”
Lim U, Subar AF, Mouw T, et al. Consumption of aspartame-containing beverages and incidence of hematopoietic and brain malignancies. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2006; 15(9):1654–1659.
“CONCLUSIONS Aspartame’s metabolism is well understood and follows that of other common foods. Aspartame consumption, even at levels much higher than that expected under typical circumstances, has virtually no impact on levels of other blood constituents such as amino acids, methanol or glucose. Aspartame is a well-studied sweetener whose safety is clearly documented and well established through extensive laboratory testing, animal experiments, epidemiological studies, and human clinical trials. Controlled and thorough scientific studies confirm aspartame’s safety and find no credible link between consumption of aspartame at levels found in the human diet and conditions related to the nervous system and behavior, nor any other symptom or illness. Aspartame is well documented to be nongenotoxic and there is no credible evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic. Aspartame does not increase hunger in those who use it; to the contrary, studies indicate it might be an effective tool as part of an overall weight management program. Aspartame is a well-characterized, thoroughly studied, high intensity sweetener that has a long history of safe use in the food supply and can help reduce the caloric content of a wide variety of foods.”
For more information on artificial sweeteners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf82FfX-wuU
It seems that the studies disagree with the side effect claims at the bottom of the meme. It's obviously a bunch of science mumbo jumbo created by the BIG PHARMA Illuminati to confuse us honest folks. Surely an online health guru wouldn’t just make stuff up online to get followers, would he?
If you can’t trust an online health guru/ huckster/conspiracy theorist, who can you trust? WHO?
After carefully researching the top part of the meme, I decided to do my own test to validate David Wolfe’s claims. The creatures listed that won’t eat aspartame in the meme are roaches, ants, cats, dogs, and flies. I don’t know where any roaches are and I don’t think any of my neighbors would appreciate me feeding their cats or dogs handfuls of white powder so I decided to use ants.
In Wolfe’s image the ants completely ignore the aspartame sucker and adjust their path to avoid it. I decided to pour some aspartame on the ground near some strawberry plants and observe the ants. If Mr. Wolfe was correct the ants would ignore it. In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events, the ants did not avoid it.
Who is paying them?
I bet they all got headaches and depression afterward.
So there we have it, ants do eat aspartame and I have a sneaking suspicion that the other creatures on the list do as well. As shown above, the science disagrees with the list of side effects. The meme is absolutely incorrect on every count. If a person were to ask, " How much more wrong could this meme be?" The answer would be, "None, none more wrong."
At the time I took this screenshot on his Facebook page this image had 350,105 shares. That is 350,105 people who believed the claims made in this image and thought it was important enough to show their family and friends. This instance, and instances like this, act as a thermometer of where we as a society sit in regards to critical thinking (Somebody has got keep homeopathy sales up). I also think that this shows the low level of respect or trust many people have for science itself. The side effect claims are easy to check with even a minimal search of the scientific literature. Some claims, like Wolfe's claim that ants don't eat aspartame, require more "sophisticated" methods like pouring aspartame on the ground and watching ants eat it. When we abandon science people like David Wolfe, The Food Babe, and Doctor Oz become rich and famous. When we embrace science we visit the moon, cure diseases, and save money that might otherwise be spent on miracle snake oil supplements.