Don’t underestimate the dangers of aspartame

It is unsettling that aspartame is commonly found in many of the sweetened foods and beverages we consume when trying to be more calorie conscious.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK In this photo illustration, food products that contain the artificial sweetener aspartame including Equal, Crystal Light, Trident, and Royal Jello are displayed on July 14, 2023 in New York City. The World Health Organization classified the sugar substitute aspartame, which is used in numerous food products, as a possible carcinogen, but the group said it is safe for people to consume within the recommended daily limit. (Photo illustration by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In this photo illustration, food products that contain the artificial sweetener aspartame including Equal, Crystal Light, Trident and Royal Jello are displayed on July 14, 2023 in New York City. The World Health Organization classified the sugar substitute aspartame, which is used in numerous food products, as a possible carcinogen, but the group said it is safe for people to consume within the recommended daily limit.

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Every day we are faced with new information regarding the risks of products we use and consume on a daily basis potentially causing cancer. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,603,844 new cases of cancer in the U.S. occurred in 2020.

Why would we want to increase our chances of getting cancer, knowing what we know now due to advances in science and technology? Neil Steinberg, who wrote about his Fresca habit recently, pointed to research that shows risks of aspartame with extreme levels of consumption and even though we are at an increased risk, we can probably still consume it in small doses.

While Mr. Steinberg makes a good point that we cannot safeguard ourselves from everything that can potentially cause harm, it is still important to do the research and have regulation of foods and products.

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Research has shown aspartame did cause an increased risk of malignant tumors when tested on rodents and concluded that the acceptable daily intake of aspartame may be set too high to protect us from cancer. This was especially true for vulnerable groups with higher exposure, like pregnant women and children.

From a consumer’s perspective, it is unsettling that aspartame is commonly found in many sweetened foods and beverages we consume when trying to be more calorie-conscious. This is a huge public health concern that must be reassessed and fully disclosed. If we as consumers continue to live obliviously, we will further increase our risks of cancer and cause harm to our patients and families unnecessarily.

Jessica Panasewicz, BSN, RN
Northern Illinois University, Doctor of Nursing Practice student

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