Aspartame: Secret Killer or Friend in Need?
That’s why scientific studies have concluded that aspartame is safe when used as an artificial sweetener. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame without restriction in 1996, and the European Union approved its use in 1994.
A 2006 study by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that aspartame’s acceptable daily intake was appropriate, based upon a comprehensive review of previous studies.
There is one exception to aspartame’s safe status. People who suffer from a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria have a mutation that renders a particular metabolic enzyme nonfunctional.
This affects their ability to digest and metabolize certain foods.
People with PKU must severely restrict or eliminate foods such as meat, chicken, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, cheese, and dairy products from their diet, while monitoring their intake of potatoes, bread, pasta, corn, and other starchy foods. And they must avoid aspartame.
Americans consume the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar every day–that’s more than 400 calories.
Artificial sweeteners have come under skeptical scrutiny lately, but the fact remains that they can slash calories off your daily diet and help contribute to weight Especially safe sweeteners like aspartame.
If you don’t suffer from phenylketonuria, you needn’t worry about the occasional soft drink or sweetener in your coffee. You can probably think of plenty of better things to worry about than aspartame.