Yeah, so I had to do some more searching around to realize I wasn’t getting punk’d.
Here’s the original story I saw back in August: “Guess what aspartame is made from?”
Then I saw this story: “World’s top sweetener is made from GM bacteria.”
Summary: aspartame is made from the byproduct and waste of modified E. coli bacteria. This mysophobe just had his mind BLOWN.
Just for your curiosity, here’s a list of products that contain aspartame.