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Abigail Cormack, 25, said she began suffering muscle cramps, heart palpitations, anxiety, depression and skin rashes after chewing gum that contained the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Her symptoms disappeared when she stopped her four-pack-a-day habit.
A spokeswoman for the Wrigley company, which makes Extra chewing gum, said aspartame – which is used in more than 6000 products consumed by 200 million people worldwide – was the “most tested food additive in history”.
More than 200 studies supported the safety of aspartame, the company said.
“Wrigley Australia and New Zealand is committed to ensuring that all safety food standards are met for all of our confectionery products, including gum,” it said.
Since aspartame was 200 times sweeter than sugar, it was only used in “minuscule” amounts, and was composed of ingredients found naturally in food. Read More….