Aspartame, the artificial sweetener in Coca-Cola under scrutiny over cancer concerns

The IARC along with the Joint Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JEFCA) are currently reviewing the effects and safety of aspartame.

In a development, aspartame, which is one of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners across the world, is set to be declared a possible carcinogen by next month, news agency Reuters reported. The report is based on two sources with knowledge of the process and the declaration will be made by the World Health Organization (WHO), as per Reuters. This comes a month after WHO warned against the usage of artificial sweeteners.

As per the report in Reuters, aspartame is used in a variety of products such as Coca-Cola and other carbonated drinks, chewing gums and lots of sweet beverages as well. Now, that brings us to the question that is furiously trending on the internet. What exactly is aspartame? Well, if you want to know, read on further.

What is aspartame?

Firstly, aspartame is one of the most popular non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) in the market and is even used in products labelled as diet, sugar-free, no or low calorie and zero sugar.

The key ingredients of aspartame are – aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Both of them are naturally -occurring amino acids, which are known as “building blocks” of proteins.

It is an odourless powder that is white in colour and is 200 times sweeter than normal sugar. That’s actually a lot! This means that a very small amount of the same is needed to sweeten food and beverages.

🔊 WHO advises not to use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control in newly released guideline

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guideline on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), which recommends against the use of NSS to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

📥 Download Reports– Use of non-sugar sweeteners: WHO guideline

📥 Download Reports – Health effects of the use of non-sugar sweeteners: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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