‘You’re probably thinking, “Did I read the headline right?” or maybe, “Is the headline right?”
The answer to both questions is “yes.” Artificial sweetener aspartame is indeed a Schedule II narcotic, because the methanol in aspartame affects dopamine levels in the brain, which can lead to addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is classified as a severe metabolic poison.
Furthermore, aspartame is a dipeptide molecule that is produced by joining phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Obviously, then, aspartame does not occur naturally, but instead is a manufactured substance. When it is consumed, it is broken down completely by digestive system enzymes into two amino acids – and a type of alcohol known as methanol.’