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Researcher: Artificial Sweetener Linked to Cancer

Posted April 27, 2007

Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in nearly 6,000 products, including diet sodas, ice cream and certain medicines, has been the source of controversy in recent months.

The Food and Drug Administration said aspartame is safe, but one critic disagrees with that assessment.

"The exposure to aspartame should be reduced as much as possible," said Dr. Morando Soffritti, of the European Ramazinni Foundation.

Soffritti's years of research on rats links aspartame to a higher risk of certain cancers.

"It increases incidence of lymphomas and leukemia's," Soffritti said.

Scientists have debated the safety of artificial sweeteners for a long time. Even, saccharin has been challenged. Soffritti has questioned the safety of aspartame before in a 2005 study that forced the government to take a closer look.

Last week, the FDA released a statement on Soffritti's research, saying there were "significant shortcomings" in the data made available and the agency "finds no reason to alter its previous conclusion that aspartame is safe."

Soffritti has released the results of another study. In the study, rats were exposed to aspartame their entire lives, even in the womb like most human children. He said in the study, he found a higher rate of cancer in the rats.

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  • clickclackity2 Apr 29, 2007

    Yes, this was out of the box a long time ago. However, as someone else mentioned..money talks. It's similar to the cigarrete business! By the way, there are plenty of products that has been approved by the government and put on the market and it's not until the products kill multiple people that they will actually recall them.

    Cancer in rats don't count..they must see and find a link to the cancer in humans before anything is done for which death must occur, so that autopsies can be performed. This is sad but true. People must think for themselves all that is labeled as "safe" is NOT!

  • MarvinsWife12 Apr 29, 2007

    For decades now it has been known that aspartame causes cancers. But as everyone should know, money talks!
    I remember in the early 80's when the big hubbub about it and the links to certain cancers. But yet nothing was done.
    In the late 90's I did my own research for an article I wrote for a small western newspaper. And the evidence was easy enough found. But I think some posters are correct. It is as easily found pro aspartame as con. Just like global warming.
    Those who think Global warming exists and due to man is also on the dole. Same goes for aspartame and other ingrediatnts that are supposedly bad for us.

  • swimfast Apr 29, 2007

    It would be interesting to see what the incidents of these types of cancer are in Type 1 diabetics. I imagine this portion of the populaton has more exposure to aspartame than most. Anyone have any data?

  • At Work Apr 28, 2007

    for the last 20 years I can remember people always saying that this stuff could give you cancer. So it should not come as a big surprize now.

  • ghimmy47 Apr 28, 2007

    The European study in 2005 was extensively reported by National Public Radio. The government ignored it. In the study lab rats were given proportional amounts of "Aspertame" according to body weight that a human would consume. They also attempted to duplicate consumption habits, from people who occasionally have some Aspertame sweetened candy or a soft drink to someone who consumes it in all sweetened products. There was a one to one proportion between intake of the artificial sweetener and the appearance of lymphoma and leukemia. I've been telling everyone I can think of I care about. What does that tell you about our government?

  • ckblackm Apr 28, 2007

    The open letter from a group that claims that global warming is a hoax. Highly credible there.

  • grenlyn1 Apr 28, 2007

    First sacarine, now this. I see it as a conspiracy, someone is trying to kill off fat people! Leave them alone, they're just pleasingly plump!

  • DrBettyMartini Apr 27, 2007

    Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 19:57:26 -0400
    To: laura.tarantino@fda.hhs.gov
    From: "Dr. Betty Martini,D.Hum."
    Subject: Open Letter to Laura Tarantino of FDA? Why are you lying
    about aspartame?
    Mime-Version: 1.0

    To Laura Tarantino:

    From FDA press release: "Laura Tarantino of the FDA Office of Food Additive Safety concludes after a review of the study data that the low-calorie sweetener [aspartame/NutraSweet/Equal] is not a carcinogen."

    On what basis do you say aspartame isn't a carcinogen? The FDA has always known its a carcinogen. FDA tox