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What’s wrong with aspartame?

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

What's wrong with aspartame, the artificial sweetener 951, found in thousands of products? Apart from MSG, it is the most complained about additive, with a very controversial and chequered history.


Aspartame is linked in research to weight gain, increased appetite and diabetes. Decades of science point to serious health risks, with links to cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, seizures, shortened pregnancies and headaches. Like MSG it is addictive.


Read more about its history, research and industry-funded studies that show no harm - Aspartame: Decades of science point to serious health risks



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