Hi Mimet Meleigy,
Thanks for leaving a comment! It is true that that aspartame’s further breakdown products include formaldehyde.
But that’s as far as I agree with you because:
#1 — Formaldehyde is not artificial
But formaldehyde occurs naturally in many foods. Fruits — apples, bananas, and grapes — contain formaldehyde. Vegetables — onions, carrots, and spinach — contain formaldehyde. Meats — seafood, beef, poultry — too.
We produce it in our bodies too, simply because it’s essential for basic biological, metabolic functions such as the synthesis of specific amino acids.
#2 — Concentrations obtained from food, and aspartame is not toxic
There is indeed a link between formaldehyde exposure and cancers, but it’s not the exposure you have in mind.
What you’re referring to is the inhalation of formaldehyde gas or vapor from the air or the absorption of formaldehyde-containing liquids through the skin.
The above are common problems faced by industrial workers, which is why the EPA has set strict standards on how much workers can be exposed to in a day.
Nevertheless, I’m glad that you experienced relief from Graves’ Disease upon refraining from Diet Coke.
For others, however, current studies do show that adverse health effects only potentially take place when they drink more than 20 cans a day.
And I think that’s pretty challenging.