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Aspartame- a silent killer?

Updated on March 22, 2011

Aspartame is one of the most controversial sweeteners on the market. First time synthesized in 1965 (sweet flavour of aspartame was discovered accidentally) and approved for use in 1974. Since then, there were many affairs related to it . One of the most serious arguments against aspartame use is that it causes a certain form of brain tumor. One (only one! ) study showed that a group of rats treated with aspartame had a high percent of rats with a brain tumor. It is interesting that all other studies done after that “incident” didn’t show any brain tumor (or any other tumor) increase in a treated group of experimental animals. So, explanation for this unusual result is that it was a coincidence. Today, there is an opinion that aspartame is a safe for use. Conclusion would be that aspartame is a safe for use, it has no side effects, there is no such thing as “aspartame poisoning” and aspartame is not a silent killer . FDA ( U.S. Food and Drug Administration) officials describes aspartame as "one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved" and its safety as "clear cut". Important thing to say is that a people that have a phenylketonuria should not use products that contain aspartame.

A thing to think about is: If you were the one who controls the sugar market, wouldn’t you try to make people believe that aspartame is a poison?


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      goprisca 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative article. Keep it up