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Study reignites debate on sweetener’s safety June 23, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.
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Researchers have strengthened a link between aspartame – a common sweetener in diet sodas, medicines and sugar-free candies – and cancer in rats.

The chemical is sold under the brand name NutraSweet.

The study, conducted by a team of Italian scientists, demonstrates that aspartame is particularly potent when animals are exposed in utero and during development. The rats were exposed to the sweetener at levels above and below the recommended daily maximums for people.

The research was published online this month in Environmental Health Perspectives, a U.S. government sponsored, peer-reviewed journal.

This study raises “serious questions about the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame,” said Mike Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a public health watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.

He is hoping the Food and Drug Administration will take notice and re-evaluate the artificial sweetener. Read More….

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