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The most popular sweetener turned out to be deadly

Scientists from the British University of Sussexmade a report in which they reported that previous studies of the most popular sweetener - aspartame - can be considered invalid. After examining the results of examinations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) studies, on the basis of which decisions were made on the safety of this sugar substitute, British experts found significant violations in them. The findings of British scientists reported in a press release published on the website MedicalXpress.

What is aspartame?

Aspartame is a very popular artificial.sweetener, sugar substitute. It is used in the manufacture of thousands of different products, including diet soft drinks. On the packaging of the product can be labeled as a food additive E951.

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British experts report that in 2013The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) completely ignored the results of 73 studies that reported on the negative health effects of eating this dietary supplement. At the same time, EFSA experts accepted as reliable data 84 percent of all scientific papers, which spoke of the "non-obvious" harm of food sweetener.

The most interesting, say scientists from the UniversitySussex, many of the 73 ignored studies were much more reliable in their findings than those that allegedly confirmed the safety of aspartame.

Professor Eric Millstone, University expertSussex on Food Chemical Safety Policy and one of the authors of the new report calls for a suspension of permission to sell or use aspartame in European Union countries until a thorough and independent review of documents that were not taken into account in the safety study for this substance.

According to the scientist, giving permission to use a sugar substitute, experts of the EFSA commission relied on conflicting and unconfirmed data.

Our research shows that EFSA scientists do notdrew attention to numerous violations in the "encouraging" studies that spoke about the safety of aspartame. But at the same time they found fault with even the most insignificant deficiencies in all the works, which stated that aspartame may be unsafe. It seems to me that it cannot be ruled out that commercial interests could have affected the decision of the experts, since all meetings of expert commissions were held behind closed doors, Millstone comments.

Harm of aspartame

As pointed out by MedicalXpress, scientists have since the 70sYears of year warned of the risks of brain damage, the development of liver and lung cancers, brain lesions and neuroendocrine disorders as a result of aspartame.

Colleagues Eric Millstone notes that his reportproved to be very important and timely. Today's health care calls for a reduction in sugar intake, but much of the food industry — especially soft drink producers — simply replaces it with artificial sweeteners.

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The most correct approach is consideredresearchers will not be to simply reduce the amount of sugar used in food and beverages, but also to reduce the use of its artificial alternatives.

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