For those of you who questioned the last post, on ASPARTAME (an ingredient in artificail sweetners), being a potentially dangerous substitute for sugar, I have excerped the paragraphs below from Wikepedia. I am not trying to imply that you will kill yourself if you drink diet Pepsi, but I think real sugar is better than artificial sugar. READ BELOW AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.
Upon ingestion, aspartame breaks down into natural residual components, including aspartic acid, phenylalanine, methanol, and further breakdown products including formaldehyde and formic acid, accumulation of the latter being suspected as the major cause of injury in methanol poisoning. Human studies show that formic acid is excreted faster than it is formed after ingestion of aspartate. In some fruit juices, higher concentrations of methanol can be found than the amount produced from aspartame in beverages.
Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with a characteristic pungent odor. It is an important precursor to many other chemical compounds, especially for polymers. In 2005, annual world production of formaldehyde was estimated to be 23 million tonnes (50 billion pounds). Commercial solutions of formaldehyde in water, commonly called formalin, were formerly used as disinfectants and for preservation of biological specimens.
In view of its widespread use, toxicity and volatility, exposure to formaldehyde is a significant consideration for human health. On 10 June 2011, the US National Toxicology Program has described formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen“.