The sweetener aspartame, which is present in diet soda and many other foods, has been identified by the World Health Organization’s cancer department as a “possible” cause of cancer.
However, a different expert panel that examined the same data has maintained that aspartame is safe in moderation.
Early on Friday, the various findings of the coordinated reviews were made public. One was provided by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The second report came from a team of experts chosen by the WHO and another U.N. The Food and Agriculture Organization is a group.
The Lyon, France-based cancer organization examines potential cancer risks on a regular basis but doesn’t quantify their propensity to do so in its assessments, which vary from “possibly” carcinogenic to “probably” cancer-causing.
Aspartame joins a group of over 300 other chemicals that have been linked to cancer, including aloe vera extract, Asian-style pickled vegetables, and carpentry labor.
However, the recommendations for using the sweetener remain the same. Dr. Francesco Branca, the nutrition director for WHO, stated, “We’re not advising consumers to stop consuming (aspartame) altogether.”We’re just suggesting some moderation.”