Scientific Facts on the Aspertame artificial sweetener

Aspertame is a non-caloric artificial sweetener used in many diet drinks and foods. Although this artificial sweetener has been widely used for many years, some allegations still fuel a debate on possible side effects.

Does aspertame really pose health risks?

4.5 Does the aspertame sweetener cause headaches?

Headaches are one of the most commonly reported symptoms. Three studies on humans indicate a possible association between the aspertame sweetener intake and headaches. However, it is not possible to draw conclusions. A more recent study in a controlled environment on individuals complaining of the aspertame sweetener-related headaches concluded that the aspertame sweetener was no more likely to trigger headaches than placebo. Read the EC-SCF report about aspartame and headaches...

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This study on the effects of the aspertame sweetener is a faithful summary of the leading scientific consensus report produced in 2002 by the EC-SCF (European Commission Scientific Committee on Food): "Update on the Safety of Aspartame". More...

Note that the proper spelling for Aspertame is Aspartame.