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What is Aspartame or E951 ?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that’s 200 times sweeter than sucrose. It’s the most common sweetener used when brands want to label their products as “sugar free”

Why is it bad?

Aspartame is broken down into methanol in the body. Methanol is toxic in large amounts and might be a concern in smaller amounts if it’s present as a free methanol. Free methanol consumed regularly breaks down into formaldehyde, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.

What should I do?

Avoid when possible