It is in EVERYTHING. It is also known as NutraSweet, Equal, or Spoonful.
It's difficult to avoid unless you stick to fresh food.
Restaurants use aspartame, especially in desserts.
There are now over 5,000 products containing this chemical.
It's in sausages, lunch meats, bread, coffee creamers, bought cookies, cakes, rolls, pies, mayonaise, pickles, relishes, chinese foods, all pre-made foods even if it is not a "diet" food, many children's vitamins, antibiotic, many medicines...
Just thought I'd chime in here. I do not eat just fresh food, however, aspertame gives me NASTY headaches, and I have managed to avoid it my entire 'married adult life' (and before that thanks to mom's help) and I purchase, sausage, lunch meats, bread, coffee creamers, mayo, pickles, chinese food, and many 'pre made' foods,
all with out aspertame. I've also been able to easily find childrens vitamins, and all of my medications void of aspertame. So, transformed, honey, don't get worked up about that. Get yourself some clinical help, and then take a look at revamping your diet.