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Personally I prefer sugar but that's because I find the artificial sweeteners a bit cloying.
It's probably fair to assume that there isn't much evidence that aspartame is harmful- if there were it would have been banned. Since millions of people have been eating it for years we would have spotted any major problems by now.
"how does that equate to, say cigarettes? They are harmful, millions of people have smoked them for years - they are not banned! "Here in the UK for most places the ban comes in in about 3 months. It just took a while.
OK, there's no way to exclude an effect that only happens after, say, 30 years, but how could such an effect happen- does the molecule keep a calendar?There are things that seem to kill people after 30 years- asbestos is one of them, but even then it can kill much faster, say 1 year, or not at all. The 30 years is just a statistical average. If aspartame were like this then we would have seen the "1 year killers" by now unless they were so rare that the problem isn't that much of a worry.