European review of aspartame was fixed

Sometimes, I hate being right.

I warned you early on that the European "review" of aspartame was a sham, with the outcome fixed from the start. But believe me, I would've loved it if they proved me wrong.

If the European Food Safety Authority had the nerve to finally recognize the dangers of this artificial sweetener, I'd happily print out my words and eat them.

But of course, they've done no such thing. Instead, the agency cut off its planned 11-year review after just four years, saying they've seen enough to conclude that aspartame is safe.

Riiiiiiiiight.

Aspartame is a proven neurotoxin known to attack the central and peripheral nervous systems on the cellular level. It's been linked to brain tumors, migraines, seizures, coma, memory loss and more.

The FDA receives (and seemingly ignores) more complaints on aspartame than any other food additive -- so many, that their binder on this stuff must be three feet thick by now.

That tells me it's either truly dangerous, or the object of a mass delusion the likes of which the world has never seen.

I'm going with "truly dangerous." And for all those dangers, this poison doesn't even deliver on its central promise.

It's supposed to be a diet alternative to sugar, a no-calorie sweetener than can help people to lose weight and avoid major disease. In reality, it tricks your brain into expecting calories that never come -- ultimately increasing your appetite and making you more likely to overeat.

That's why studies have consistently shown that diet soda drinkers don't have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. In fact, the risk of these and other conditions is actually HIGHER in diet soda drinkers.

If this is a "diet" ingredient, then it must be a diet from you-know-where (or at least Washington).

Bottom line here is that you need to treat aspartame the way you treat any other hazardous chemical: keep it out of your food and drink, out of your home and out of your body.