Aspartame (actual facts!)
libcm at curly.cc.emory.edu
Wed Aug 2 12:42:17 EST 1995
OK, I checked Medline, 104 articles dealing with aspartame and the brain.
Here's the deal: in ordinary human subjects, no adverse reactions to
aspartame were documented. However, aspartame does affect levels of
certain amino acids, particularly phenalynine.
In people with abnormal levels of amino acids and/or hormones
(epinephrine was mentioned) aspartame *could* cause neurological effects.
Particularly mentioned were headaches and behavioral disorders. No
specific instances were noted, but much circumstantial evidence was
cited. Again, this is not true for the GENERAL population.
Diet Coke still gives me a headache. Of course, I ingest a lot of
caffeine, and I smoke cigarettes, so my hormonal balance is pretty much
Please don't send me any more email, I don't care that much.
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