Do you know what’s in your soda? Aspartame, a universal, calorie-free sweetener, can cause cancer, seizures, multiple sclerosis, and even depression. A brief search on the internet yields thousands of accounts of these negative experiences; reports range from an increased heart rate to Parkinson’s disease. Based on this information, it should be easy to decide to give up aspartame and resort to naturally sweetened beverages, or better yet healthy juices, instead. With further research, however, one can see that these claimed “side-effects” hold little scientific credibility.