Aspartame is a kind of artificial sweetener that is often used in beverages like Coca-cola and Pepsi. According to multiple reports, the World Health Organisation or WHO is going to soon recognise aspartame as a carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer or the IARC, which is an organisation under the WHO dedicated solely towards cancer research, has found links between cancer and aspartame. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Is Aspartame A Carcinogen? WHO Report Suggests Link
Aspartame is a drug that is commonly used as an artificial sweetener in a plethora of beverages and other edible products like breakfast cereal, ice creams, etc. This particular ingredient is touted as a healthier alternative to sugar.
A report by the IARC which runs under WHO suggested that it may be linked to cancer. Given the major implications of this conclusion, considerable alarms have been raised. In order to make sure the report is sound, authorities from the Food Safety Standards Authority of India or the FSSAI will study the report in question.
According to an article recently published by The Economic Times, an official stated that the FSSAI is set to soon receive the study and they will examine it upon reception. This study has raised quite a few alarms since it has the potential to deplete sales of many products.
Corporations Which Use The Drug Take Issue With The Study
The article also talks about how the International Council of Beverages Associations or the ICBA is confident about the safety of Aspartame. It states that there is scientific evidence for its safety in more than 90 countries. It even said that the consumers would be misguided by “low-quality studies.”
It is important to note, however, that the ICBA represents Coca-cola and PepsiCo. These companies heavily utilise the drug in their products and have a conflict of interest with the study as it could significantly damage their sales. Consumers are advised to remain vigilant and to get information from sources that are reliable and neutral.
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