WHO: Sweetener aspartame may be carcinogenic

SHAFAQNA Türkiye – On Friday, the World Health Organization announced that aspartame, an artificial sweetener commonly used in soft drinks, is now classified as a possible human carcinogen; however, the allowable daily dose has not changed.

According to Shafaqna translation service; “We do not advise companies to abandon their products, and we do not advise consumers to completely stop consumption,” said Francesco Branca, director of nutrition and food safety at the World Health Organization.

“We’re just suggesting that you show some restraint,” he said at a press conference, presenting the results of two reviews of the available data on aspartame.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization made its first assessment of the carcinogenicity of aspartame at a meeting held in Lyon, France, June 6-13. The WHO said a working group has classified aspartame as a possible human carcinogen.

Based on the limited available data specifically related to hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, it was placed in Group 2B. There was also limited evidence of cancer in laboratory animals for aspartame.

However, World Health Organization researchers asked all people to practice moderation in their consumption of soft drinks with artificial sweeteners.


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