I have heard that ingesting the artificial sweetener, aspartame, causes headaches, epilepsy, brain tumors and other illnesses. I regularly eat foods and drink diet soft drinks containing aspartame. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
No scientific studies have shown that any harm comes from consumption of this artificial sweetener. The European Union's Scientific Committee of Food reviewed all the research on aspartame since its last report 15 years ago. They concluded that there have not been any adverse reactions linked to aspartame use.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009