There's been a long-running debate over whether or not the artificial sweetener Aspartame, found in diet drinks, sugar-free gum and products such as Equal and NutraSweet, is causing you harm. As expected, the folks who created Aspartame AKA Sweet Poison in their secret laboratories, along with those who use it in their products say it's safe for human consumption. Even the FDA claims it's a-okay! However, several medical experts and organizations claim that's a bunch of crap. Aspartame has been blamed for symptoms of neurological disorders such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, as well as brain tumors, weight gain, headaches, and much more. One of the more startling claims out there is that Aspartame is created from....wait for it....the poop of genetically modified bacteria. Now then, is that what you want to dump in your coffee? Medium: digital paint, illustration by Bob Lizarraga.