Diet Coke -Aspartame ? What the WHO says about the potential health concerns of Aspartame

Diet Coke -Aspartame

Diet Coke -Aspartame

Your Diet Coke is unharmed. In a way.

What Is Aspartame?

Aspartame is a non-saccharide artificial sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sucrose and is extensively used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages. It is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide, which is sold under the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved aspartame in 1974, and then again in 1981, after permission was rescinded in 1980. Aspartame is one of the most researched food additives in human food. Over 100 national regulatory agencies concluded that the component was safe to consume at the standard recommended daily intake (ADI) range.

Discovery :

James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company, discovered aspartame in 1965. Schlatter had synthesized aspartame as an intermediate step in the production of a tetrapeptide of the hormone gastrin for use in the evaluation of an anti-ulcer medication candidate. When he licked his aspartame-contaminated finger to lift up a piece of paper, he found its sweet flavour. Torunn Atteraas Garin helped to develop aspartame as an artificial sweetener.

Since the 1980s, aspartame has been widely utilised in a variety of food and beverage products, including diet drinks, chewing gum, gelatin, ice cream, dairy products such as yoghurt, breakfast cereal, toothpaste, and pharmaceuticals such as cough drops and chewable vitamins.

Following an exhaustive evaluation of the facts, the World Health Organization decided that the sweetener aspartame can potentially cause liver cancer and other health concerns, but only in extremely high doses.

The WHO maintained its prior recommendation that consumers consume no more than the equivalent of nine to fourteen cans of aspartame-sweetened soda per day, or 74 packets of aspartame-containing sweeteners such as NutraSweet and Equal.

The WHO concluded in two assessments released late Thursday that the occasional aspartame-sweetened drink, yoghurt, or stick of sugar-free gum is safe.

“Our results do not indicate that occasional consumption should pose a risk to most consumers,” said Francesco Branca, director of the WHO’s department of nutrition and food safety, at a news conference on Wednesday.

He did, however, advise heavy aspartame users to cut back and that everyone drink water instead of soda and prefer naturally sweet things like fruit over items with added sugar or sugar substitutes when they want something sweet.

The WHO decided earlier this year that calorie-free sweeteners in general do not aid in weight loss and may raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The organization recommends that people take no more than 40 milligrams of aspartame per kilogramme of body weight per day, or 2,800 milligrammes per day for someone weighing roughly 150 pounds. According to Branca, an average can of soda has between 200 and 300 milligrammes, hence the maximum recommended daily dose is nine to fourteen cans.

The Food and Drug Administration has put the top limit at 50 milligrammes per kilogramme per day, which equates to 12 to 18 cans per day for a 150-pound person. According to polls, the average American consumes little more than two cans of beer every day. The FDA stated on its website on Friday that it does not agree that aspartame can cause cancer at any level of use and maintains its higher standard.

It is noted that for people who are currently consuming high doses of aspartame, “the risk may be there if you’re approaching the limit, so why take the risk?”

By:- Dr. Mahesh

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