Aspartame "is safe"

Dec 10, 2013

The European Union (European Food Safety Authority, aka EFSA) announced this week "it left no stone unturned" and completed its most thorough "risk assessment on aspartame" concluding it is safe for human health.

This opinion represents one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame ever undertaken. It's a step in strengthening consumer confidence and another good argument against the internet conspiracy theories that it isn't.

The research said that following a thorough review of evidence provided both by animal and human studies, experts have ruled out a potential risk of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer, and the EFSA's experts also concluded that aspartame does not harm the brain, the nervous system or affect behavior or cognitive function in children or adults.

With respect to pregnancy, the Panel noted that there was no risk to the developing fetus from exposure to phenylalanine derived from aspartame at the current ADI (with the exception of women suffering from PKU).

The current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is 40mg/kg/day; however, in patients suffering from the medical condition phenylketonuria (PKU), the ADI is not applicable. Threfore, for a normal sized adult, the acceptable level equates to approximately 2800mg per day.  Therefore, will a little bit of sweetner give anyone any problems? Not unless you are allergic to it. Its more probable we should be concerned about exposure to many other things we eat and/or environmental hazards. Consumption of Aspartame needs to be exceptionally high and regular over a person's lifetime, in order to exceed the ADI, for anyone to be concened.

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