EFSA reaffirms safety of aspartame for consumers

Aspartame, one of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners in the world, has been declared totally safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

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The authority based its findings on one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame and its breakdown products ever undertaken.

It involved a rigorous review of all available scientific research, including both animal and human studies.

After a detailed analysis and considering all available information, the EFSA experts concluded that the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 40mg per kg of body weight daily does not pose any long or short-term health concernfor people. (The ADI level is an estimate of the amount a person can consume each day over a lifetime without risking their health.)

The EFSA experts have firmly ruled out the possibility of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer.

They have also concluded that the substance does not harm the brain, the nervous system or affect behaviour or cognitive function in adults.

 

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