You both seem to basically be saying aspartame is ok because refined sugar is worse. You could say the same thing about bleached flour. That's not a compelling argument though.
To me, this is a compelling reason to stay away from the artificial chemicals whenever I can: http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... eight-gain
- doesn't seem like BS to me. Seems perfectly valid, and in fact, not all that surprising.
(And that's not to say I'm advocating lots of sugar instead. I haven't had a soda in like 8 years, and my extracted fruit juice consumption is minimal...)
Wrong. We are saying it is ok because it is ok. It has nothing to do with sugar or any other substance you can think of edible or otherwise. It is not conditional or relative. It just is. The research does not support any of the anecdotes.
And no it is not perfectly valid. Reread my last post. It is not talking about aspartame, it is just talking about "sweet taste". This was also done with rats, how do we know they didn't just eat more because they liked the taste of the artificial better? Besides that, what if it does make you eat more. That doesn't matter. That does not determine your weight gain or loss. This is very poor inconclusive junk science.