Isn’t methanol extremely harmful to your well being? Are we basically poisoning ourselves?
“One liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about fifty-sixmilligrams of methanol. When several of these beverages are consumed in ashort period of time (one day, perhaps), as much as two hundred fiftymilligrams of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream, or thirty-two timesthe EPA limit.”
Yes, the amount of aspartame in one can of diet soda contains one molecule of methanol, which is broken down by the human body when one drinks a DIET soda. Methanol is one of three byproducts of aspartame; the others are aspartic acid, which is harmless, and phenylalanine, which is usually harmless, though it can be an allergen to some. As for the methanol (or wood alcohol, as it is informally known), the body breaks it down into formic acid (the acid in ant bites) and formaldehyde, a carcinogen. These are not listed as ingredients, however, because the body produces them when the soda is consumed.
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