Performed by the European Ramazzini Foundation in Italy, it discovered that long-term ingestion of aspartame in rats increased their risk of several different forms of cancer
Ramazzini immediately followed this up with more research, in which rats were exposed to aspartame in pregnancy and after birth. The offspring produced by these pregnancies were found to be at an increased risk of cancer. Exposure during pregnancy was found to heighten risk
In the light of this sort of evidence, how is it still OK for aspartame to be sold and therefore eaten by men, women, pregnant women, children, and developing fetuses? Because our regulatory authorities say it’s OK, that’s why.
However, maybe things are about to change. I read on the American online newspaper The Huffington Post that the FDA may be set to ban aspartame . According to Professor Sam Epstein, cancer-prevention expert and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois in Chicago, “Under the explicit provisions of the 1958 Delaney Law, which requires an automatic ban on carcinogenic food additives, it is anticipated that Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the newly appointed FDA Commissioner and inspiring public health advocate, will promptly ban the continued use of aspartame.” Which can only be a good thing, I reckon.