What are the aspartame side effects?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in many diet soft drinks and food preparations. It was discovered in 1965 and entered the market in the 80’s. Aspartame is marketed under several brand names, including Canderel and NutraSweet. More

A number of scientific organizations have analyzed aspartame for possible side effects. An Acceptable Daily Intake of 40 mg/kg body weight per day was established, while the consumption of aspartame in Europe is between 2.8 and 10.1 mg/kg body weight per day. More

However, some allegations of side effects have launched a debate on the safety of artificial sweeteners and aspartame.

Does aspartame cause side effects on human health?

consumption of Canderel®
The consumption of aspartame in Europe is well below the Acceptable Daily Intake.

The scientific committees that reviewed the side effects of aspartame and its breakdown products concluded that:

  • People get far less breakdown products from aspartame than from normal consumption of natural foods.
  • Aspartame consumption is not likely to exceed the current Acceptable Daily Intake ((ADI)), even for children and diabetics.
  • While some minor health effects may occur at very high doses, no effects are expected below the ADI. More

Read the GreenFacts summary on aspartame and find out about the safety of Canderel.

  1. What is aspartame?
  2. How much aspartame do people consume?
  3. What happens to aspartame once it is ingested?
  4. Can aspartame affect human health?
  5. Conclusion
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Table: Highest reported intake estimates for aspartame

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