For years, diet soda seemed like the perfect alternative to regular soda, which is packed with an obscene amount of sugar and is super high in calories. You could drink diet soda sweetened with aspartame without feeling bad, and the taste was similar to the unhealthy alternative. But at what cost?
Recent sales of diet soda are taking a huge plunge–specifically, Diet Coke made by Coca-Cola–as the debate and controversy over aspartame reaches a new high. Experts have questioned whether aspartame is actually a good alternative to sugar and many now warn against the potential harmful effects it may cause. The safety of aspartame is being questioned, with studies linking the artificial sweetener to vision problems and headaches, among these ten reasons to avoid aspartame at all costs…
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Some cases of eye pain, blurred vision, and dry eyes have allegedly been linked to aspartame consumption. In fact, even the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has found a connection between aspartame ingestion and eye problems including decreased vision, according to several controlled studies.
Aspartame is made up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. The methanol is claimed to be potentially toxic to your retina and optic nerve, causing several forms of eye issues. There’s cause for concern when food and drink containing aspartame has been stored for long periods of time or exposed to heat–the breakdown of the components in aspartame may become toxic to your eyes.