WHO Likely to Declare Aspartame Sweetener as a Carcinogen in July 2023
WHO Likely to Declare Aspartame Sweetener as a Carcinogen in July 2023

WHO Likely to Declare Aspartame Sweetener as a Carcinogen in July 2023

  • 03-Jul-2023 4:16 PM
  • Journalist: Patrick Knight

Aspartame, one of the world's most widely used Artificial Sweeteners, has been identified as a potential carcinogen by the world's leading health body in the food industry. According to sources, Aspartame will be listed as a carcinogen for humans by the IARC, the WHO's cancer research arm, in July. Aspartame, which is found in a wide range of products, including diet sodas, Extra chewing gum, and certain Snapple beverages, is expected to raise the risk of certain types of Cancer. The compound has been used extensively since the 1980s and is found in over 6,000 different products worldwide. European studies, such as those conducted by France and Italy, have shown a slightly increased risk of Cancer in a subset of people who consume high amounts of Aspartame in food and drinks. While there is no definitive evidence to support this claim, the industries have had to keep an eye on the news as well as what is going on in the market.

According to a study, Aspartame is metabolized into phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the gut. Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are then absorbed into the body. Methanol is converted into carbon dioxide and water. Regular consumption of methanol may be problematic because it breaks down into formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is known to be a carcinogen and a neurotoxin. Scientists and expert regulatory groups caution against making broad conclusions about the connection between aspartame consumption, methanol, and formaldehyde generation in the body and its health implications.

Diet Coke is widely considered a healthy and guilt-free drink, especially for people concerned about their weight. However, according to a new report, one of the key ingredients in Diet Coke has been found to be a carcinogen. The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to list Aspartame, the main ingredient in diet coke, as a cancer-causing agent. Some studies have linked Aspartame to Cancer, but the evidence is limited. In addition to Aspartame, there are two other categories for listing cancer-causing agents. The first category is "probably carcinogenic to humans," and the second category is "carcinogenic to humans," meaning that the fact that a product or ingredient is classified as a "possible carcinogen" does not mean that it is a "carcinogen" to humans. Because of this, more research is being done to determine if Aspartame does or does not have any kind of Cancer-causing effects.

In addition to this, it is important to remember that the IARC's classification is based on an evaluation of scientific evidence and does not consider how much of a particular product a person can safely consume. According to the FDA, Aspartame has an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 50 mg per kilogram (kg) of body weight. For example, a person weighing 150 pounds could safely consume 100 mg of Aspartame daily.

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