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World Health Organization Warns Against Using Artificial Sweeteners


Artificial sweeteners, used to replace sugar in a vast range of products, do not help in losing weight and can have serious health effects, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
[Source: medicalxpress.com]


Having long stayed silent over the possibility that artificial sweeteners can have serious adverse health effects, the WHO’s new guideline recommending against their use confirms what many independent researchers have been saying for years now. It is now clear that long-term use of these substances carries an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and death.

Of all artificial sweeteners, aspartame is by far the most widely used. Found in thousands of food products worldwide, including diet soft drinks, research has clearly indicated it has carcinogenic effects and can cause neurological and behavioral disturbances. Notably, therefore, an independent analysis of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) risk assessment of this chemical has raised serious doubts over its safety.

Published in 2019 by scientists from the University of Sussex in the UK, the independent analysis points out that, of 73 studies indicating aspartame could be harmful, EFSA’s assessment discounted the results of every single one. Conversely, EFSA categorized as reliable 84 percent of studies claiming there was no evidence of harm from the sweetener. Given this apparent degree of bias, and the shortcomings of all previous official risk assessments of the chemical, the UK scientists argue that it would be premature to conclude aspartame is acceptably safe.

To learn more about the dangers of aspartame, see this article on our website.