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There sure are a lot of toxicology "experts" out there on the web, and they sure don't like anything that is sweet (except maybe when they sell it). I recently wrote about sucralose (Splenda), which is trashed by these "Internut" know-nothings despite the fact that its safety profile is about as good as you'll ever see.

But, they are even more verbal about aspartame. The more verbal they are, the more they get it wrong.

But it would be hard to get it any more...

ACSH's Top 5 videos of 2015

As the year winds down, we share with you some of our notable videos of the year; some made us laugh, some made us cringe, and some made us better advocates for sound science.

5. Fad Friday: Debunking homeopathy

Homeopathy is the system of using extremely dilute solutions of the disease-causing entity itself to treat the disease. The system was developed (made up, really) by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 well before the germ theory of disease was elucidated. Thus he can be forgiven for his misguided attempt to cure. But no such forgiveness should be extended to those in the 21st century who willfully ignore the advances and benefits of modern medicine....

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.26.24 PMIn just a few days, Diet Pepsi will no longer contain the artificial sweetener aspartame. PepsiCo is replacing aspartame in Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi with another artificial sweetener, sucralose (commonly known as Splenda), which is used in Coke Zero.

The move follows consumer backlash against aspartame, and has everything to do with marketing and nothing to due with sound science. Even PepsiCo itself acknowledged this fact: Decades of studies have...

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.26.24 PMDr. Joe Schwarcz, the director of McGill University's Office for Science & Society, is well known for his able dissections of quackery of all types. In a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, he takes on and (in our opinion) demolishes the attacks on aspartame. The basis of his take on the subject is chemistry something the anti-aspartame fringe element doesn t seem to understand at all.

For an example of his take on...

The latest in health news: Chipotle, Kraft, 7 PepsiCo ditch GMOs and aspartame in the name of marketing, not public health, and Alex Berezow [from RealClearScience] tells it like it is in his open letter to Dr. Oz- don't miss it!

Aspartame-IIIf you were to name some of the most studied and least dangerous chemicals commonly used in our foods, which would you select? Well, the artificial (non-nutritive) sweetener aspartame (found ubiquitously in many foods, commonly known as Nutrasweet or Equal), should be among them. Nevertheless, PepsiCo announced a few days ago that Diet Pepsi would no longer contain the substance, as...

WScreen Shot 2014-01-23 at 1.20.11 PMhile we don t always agree with the FDA s actions, yesterday the agency resoundingly rejected two citizens petitions that asked the FDA to ban the use of aspartame as a food additive. Kudos to the FDA!

Aspartame is the poster child for unsubstantiated, inflated accusations of horrifying health effects particularly by one Betty Martini - founder of Mission Possible World Health International, an organization...

Dr. Josh Bloom on Science 2.0, May 21, 2014.

Is life great or what?

We have all kinds of wonderful choices available to us. Yankees or Mets (better still, neither), Frosted Flakes or Cap'n Crunch, Homeland or The Walking Dead. Awesome.

And now we get to choose between...[Read more].

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 12.40.09 PMCritics of aspartame (NutraSweet) who may be getting tired of trying (unsuccessfully) for 35 years to get the sweetener off the market may have something to look forward to. Yesterday the FDA approved advantame the sixth approved sugar substitute on the market today.

Advantame is an analog (a chemical cousin) of perpetually demonized (but perfectly safe*) aspartame, which was designed to have several advantages over its older chemical cousin.

(*Aspartame cannot be...

In the no news is no news department, one of the most studied chemicals ever - Aspartame, NutraSweet - has gotten a clean bill of health from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It s about time. But will it matter?

Since its discovery in 1965 and FDA approval in 1981, the artificial sweetener has undergone such rigorous scrutiny that one would think soft drink companies were trying to put plutonium in their drinks.

It has also been the poster child for conspiracy theories and phony scares, many of which have been the product of consumer groups, radical environmental groups and various other fringe conspiracy theorists.

Speaking of which, ACSH s Dr....