Some doctors in England are questioning the conclusion of the European Food Safety Authority that the popular chemical sweetener, Aspartame, is safe. They found that the commission disregarded all 73 of the studies that found that it was not safe. They believe that the panel of officials may have been influenced by the big money that is backing Aspartame.
Too much sugar is bad for your health — but the world’s most popular alternative might not be any better.
For decades, experts have questioned the safety of artificial sweetener aspartame — also known as NutraSweet — with some studies concluding that the sugar substitute can cause a host of health problems, from brain damage to cancer.
To put the issue to rest, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducted a closed-door review of available aspartame studies in 2013 and found it to be safe — but according to new research, that’s only because they threw out all the studies claiming otherwise.
For the new study, published in the journal Archives of Public Health, researchers from the University of Sussex looked at how the EFSA treated the 154 studies it reviewed in 2013.
They discovered that the panel determined that all 73 studies that found that aspartame could be harmful were “unreliable.” Of the 81 studies that concluded it was safe, they labeled just 19 unreliable.