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This artificial sweetener is in use around the world as a sugar substitute. It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and has the advantage of being very low in calories. You find it added to all kinds of foods and drinks. Breakfast cereals, chewing gum, and diet drinks are a few common examples. Controversy has developed over its use over the past few decades. Some allege aspartame causes a range of serious health problems. They urge people to avoid eating or drinking foodstuffs that contain it. Studies made by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and other respected agencies have not found any scientific proof that aspartame damages your health, but the debate continues.

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1. A Cause of Cancer

The number one concern over the use of aspartame centers on allegations that it can cause cancer. Many studies have investigated this issue. Italian researchers experimented on rats. Their research indicated that a high intake of aspartame raises the risks of leukemia and lymphomas. In the 1980's, a study of human beings made in the USA raised questions about a possible link between aspartame and brain tumors. The FDA and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) dispute the validity of these findings, but some people remain unconvinced that aspartame is completely safe.

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