A leading health body will declare the most commonly used artificial sweeteners as a possible carcinogen next month. Two sources who are experts on this process of artificial sweetener are pitting it against the food industry and the regulators.
Artificial Sweetener Aspartame
Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, has been used in various products, from Coca-Cola diet soda to extra chew gums of Mars and some Snapple drinks. They will be listed as possibly carcinogenic to humans by the IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is the cancer research arm of the WHO – World health organization, in July 2023.
Based on all published and official evidence, it has been discovered that the IARC has finalized this after a meeting with other external experts of the group earlier this month on whether this is potentially hazardous to health. It also does not include how much is safe to consume this product.
JECFA, a WHO committee on additives, is also reviewing the usage of Aspartame this year. It will start its meeting by the end of this month and go public on the same day as IARC will make its decision publicly on 14 July 2023.
JECFA has declared since 1981 that aspartame is safer to consume in a limited quantity. An adult with 132 pounds (60 kg) of weight would have to drink between 12 – 36 cans of diet soda every day to be at the point of risk depending upon the amount of aspartame in them.