Thursday July 2, 2020

Inside Story: Bitter sweet

Yet another report has found that the artificial sweetener aspartame poses no threat to human health, but many campaigners still see it as dangerous. Niall Stanage reports.

27th January, 2013
Diet Coke: one of the best-known products to use aspartame. Photo: Chris Rout/Alamy

One of the longest-running controversies in the world of food and nutrition should have finally been put to rest earlier this month, but the argument - over the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame - will rage on regardless. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its draft opinion on aspartame on January 8, after one of the most exhaustive evaluations that has yet been made of reputable scientific data.

Its conclusions were clear-cut. They amounted...

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