Aspartame is Deemed Safe in Colas By Europe

    December 10, 2013
    Erika Watts
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After Coca-Cola America president Steve Cahillane acknowledged that Diet Coke sales were down because of artificial sweeteners back in October, the European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) has announced that the use of aspartame to sweeten Diet Coke and other colas is absolutely safe. The FDA has deemed aspartame safe for a long time, but maybe people will be less concerned now that the EFSA has said aspartame isn’t harmful.

According to the ESFA’s study, it’s safe for people to consume 40 milligrams of aspartame per kilogram of body weight. Since a 12 ounce can of Diet Coke contains about 180 milligrams of aspartame, this means that a 165 pound male could drink 16 cans of Diet Coke without having to worry about exceeding the safe level.

“This opinion represents one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame ever undertaken,” Alicja Mortensen, chairwoman of EFSA’s Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Foods (ANS Panel), said. “It’s a step forward in strengthening consumer confidence in the scientific underpinning of the EU food safety system and the regulation of food additives.”

Many people have long suspected aspartame of causing a host of problems, ranging from headaches all the way to cancer. While some studies have proven that using aspartame and other sugar substitutes can lead to weight gain, it hasn’t been proven that aspartame use can cause cancer, diabetes or any other serious health issues. The American Cancer Society also says that aspartame isn’t carcinogenic.

Even though Diet Coke is still the number two selling drink in the world, the company did see a drop in sales last year because of concerns with aspartame. Now that the ESFA has made their announcement deeming aspartame safe, perhaps Diet Coke will see their sales come up a bit.

Do you think it’s safe to consume aspartame and other artificial sweeteners? Add your comments below. Quite a few Twitter users are celebrating the announcement:

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  • Vy

    In its pure form it may be ok for you but, overall, no, it’s not safe. When stored in temperatures exceeding 85 degrees (warehouses and in trucks) it turns into a toxin and will eventually kill you. My daughter was sick for 5 years — had two surgeries, and numerous specialists. No one could diagnose her problem. She went off aspartame and within a matter of a few days she felt so much better! It’s been about 5 months now since she has consumed aspartame and she’s about 90% there — and the only change she made was giving up aspartame. Don’t listen to the “experts” — there’s probably money in it for them. And besides you’ll put on weight!!

  • http://www.webpronews.com Daniel B

    I am a Canadian living in Nice, France. They just broadcast a television programme here, Dec. 19, 2013, called “Envoye Special”. The subject discussed was “conflict of interests”. We are told that the EFSA panel which deemed aspartame safe was composed of unbiased authoritative experts. However, the broadcast goes on to show that one woman there once worked for Coca-Cola and the biggest manufacturer of aspartame in Europe. It even showed that, at one point, a certain preparatory part of this meeting/conference by EFSA was sponsored by Coca-Cola (in nice very small letters). When this woman was approached by the journalist with questions, she was rudely abrupt and said that any questions should be referred to the EFSA and then she fled. I am diabetic and will continue to consume aspartame but this was sure an eye-opener.