Aspartame was ok’d by the FDA in 1981. It was approved amidst a great deal of controversy. After 29 years the controversy still has not gone away.
Problems associated with Aspartame (Nutrasweet) have been said to include:
Also the ADA is actually recommending aspartame to persons with diabetes even though research has shown that It leads to the onset of clinical diabetes, causes poor control in diabetics on insulin or oral drugs, and aggravates diabetic complications such as retinopathy (non-inflammatory damage to the retina of the eye), cataracts, neuropathy (nerve disorders), and gastroparesis (medical condition consisting of a partial paralysis of the stomach , resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer period of time than normal).
People with mood disorders that consumed Aspartame products were reported to suffer exacerbated symptoms.
A large and growing number of individuals have been reported to have suffered seizures caused by aspartame. Despite this the Epilepsy Foundation promotes aspartame as safe.
One can only speculate that a great deal of money exchanged hands to allow this product to be approved. A lot of people had to compromise their principles and turn a blind eye for this travesty to have occurred.