Those of us who are already dealing with neurological issues need to take extra care in avoiding these toxins( SEE LINK BELOW) but everybody should avoid them. The EPA is finally doing some meaningful research. Notice the first one the list is Apartame/Nutrasweet, MSG and other free forms of glutamate are exitotoxins that can permanently damage neurons by overstimulating them. There is very good evidence now that they can cause Atrial Fibrillation, severe headaches, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, Dementia and possibly Autism in children.
I have been preaching about the evils of MSG/Aspartame for years since it can cause my atrial fibrillation and especially together as I found out at a Chinese Buffet in Tyler and a trip to the ER. Diet drinks with traditional Chinese food is a deadly combination!!! Some restaurants in Dallas advertise food without MSG but I still don't trust them because the FDA allows them to hide it under many names like hydrolyzed yeast/vegetable protein/soy same as soy/teriyaki sauce which can be 10%-15% MSG. You cannot cook Chinese without some form of soy sauce. Have you seen the Campbell's Soup ad about Chicken Broth with no MSG? - the chicken is running away, does that tell you something? Campbell's Soup Co. puts more MSG In their products than all the Chinese put together and now they advertise no MSG in some soups, but read the label carefully, it is hidden and the FDA lets them do it. Buy Whole Foods organic 365 soups and they taste better and non toxic!
Use Stevia as a sugar substitute and lay off diet drinks!! They actually make you gain weight and cause brain damage!! Bourbon in Diet Coke - a deadly combination!
Read the following groundbreaking book if you have family with these conditions and protect yourself.
EXITOTOXINS, The Taste That Kills, Russell Baylock, M.D./neurologist available at Amazon. L Puckett