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Diabetes Watch Blog: Does Aspartame Cause Cancer?

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Nov 27, 2005

Does Aspartame Cause Cancer?

Does Aspartame Cause Cancer?
When it comes to pop, I always go to shelf and grab the diet product no matter it is Pepsi, Coke or Sprite. My thinking is that if a sweetener can fool my tongue, why add more calories. I know many of you are with me in this regard, but may be we may think for a second before we stretch our hands to get the next can of pop. Why?

A recent study in rats shows that the popular artificial sweetener aspartame can lead to a wide range of cancers. If this is true for human beings like you and I is still an open question. I know that of the 90 non-industry-sponsored studies evaluating the safety of Aspartame about, 83 (92%) identified one or more problems with aspartame.

Aspartame is found in many of the artificial sweetening products available in the market like Equal and is present in many other sugar-free products under the brand name NutraSweet. It is the second best-selling nonsugar sweetener in the world. Coke Zero is one product sweetened with aspartame.

With these findings researchers in Italy observed that rats exposed to varying doses of aspartame throughout their lives developed leukemias, lymphomas, and several other cancers in a dose-dependent manner.

They report that the product is a potential cancer-causing agent to humans even at levels that are less than half of what is considered safe by the U.S. government.

The study appears in the recent issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Industry states that the investigators did not follow the guidelines for this scientific study. They further noted that their own animal studies involving similar levels of aspartame exposure showed no link between the sweetener and an increase in cancers.


Janet      Return to Diabetes Blog Main


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