Study Advocates Aspartame is Safe?

Industry-funded study calls aspartame safe
By Will Dunham
On Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:06 PM ET
From Reuters

A review of 500 studies conducted over a quarter century has turned up no credible evidence that the widely used artificial sweetener aspartame is unsafe, industry-funded research released on Tuesday showed.

A panel of American, British and Dutch experts rejected the notion that aspartame causes cancer, seizures, neurological damage or learning problems, or contributes to obesity. The panel did conclude that some people might be prone to headaches after consuming it.

The group did not conduct original research but assessed existing studies on the safety of aspartame, first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1981. It is widely used in diet soft drinks and sold in packets for use in coffee, tea or on food.

The panel found consumption of it increasing, but said it was safe even among the heaviest users, whether adults or children.

"Controlled and thorough scientific studies confirm aspartame's safety and find no credible link between consumption of aspartame at levels found in the human diet and conditions related to the nervous system and behavior, nor any other symptom or illness," the researchers said in a paper published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology.

"There is no credible evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic," they added.

Since its approval, some people have argued that aspartame can cause a variety of illnesses, and various Web sites such as denounce the sweetener.

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Dr. Hull's Comment

I will never accept the news of aspartame safety. I think it is a "business" decision to discredit/discount the research results that aspartame DOES cause cancer, major nerve disorders, birth defects, and brain imbalances. Think about it - can you imagine the chaos that will occur when the truth of aspartame dangers is accredited. The FDA has known about the dangers, the corporations have known about the dangers, and the medical community (if it is really worth anything) has known about the dangers. The legal systems around the world aren't prepared for the number of lawsuits that will FLOOD the court systems if this truth is given life. The news reports have just released that acetaminophen found in Tylenol® has caused more deaths than any other substance in American drug history. But they dare to defend aspartame?? This CYA madness will stop one day and the truth about aspartame will become public knowledge - it has to. Never give up hope that the truth about the dangers of aspartame are real. One day, this will be common knowledge, but the "system" will take a major hit when it does.

Posted on September 18, 2007 in Aspartame in the news | Link

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