New Study Reconfirms Safety of Aspartame
A new study, published in the Annals of Oncology, has provided further
confirmation that aspartame consumption is not linked to cancers. The study,
which evaluated case-control studies of more than 7,000 men and women of all
ages, concluded that the findings provided "no evidence that saccharin or other
sweeteners (mainly aspartame) increase the risk of cancer at several common
sites in humans."
The Italian researchers, led by Dr Silvano Gallus, collected data from
northern, central and southern Italy over a 13 year period, comparing the level
of sweetener consumption by cancer patients with that of a control group of
non-cancer patients. The statistical analysis found no correlation between
sweetener consumption and cancer rates at nine common cancer sites in the human
This latest confirmation of aspartame's safety comes in addition to an
epidemiological study by the United States National Cancer Institute, which
found no link between aspartame and brain tumours, and the unequivocal findings
of the European Food Safety Authority's review, published in May 2006.
Researchers have estimated that, across Europe, excess weight is responsible
for 70,000 new cancer cases every year. By providing an excellent sweet taste
without the calories of sugar, aspartame can help people to avoid overweight and
obesity and its associated diseases. A recent meta-analysis of studies examining
aspartame and weight control found that an annual weight loss of 11 pounds could
be achieved by replacing one can of sugar-sweetened soft drink with its
aspartame-sweetened equivalent each day.