All my office colleagues who drink copious amounts of diet drinks without a care in the world for their health, are all looking at me with that 'I told you so' look. The reason is the latest scientific studies that's been conducted on animals and humans regarding aspartame and its breakdown products. Here's a quick look at why diet food might leave a sweet aftertaste in your mouth.
1. The European Union has asked the Italian based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to bring forward the full re-evaluation of the safety of consuming aspartame as a food additive from 2020 to 2013, after concerns were raised by Members of the European Parliament. 2. The study by EFSA concludes that "Aspartame does not harm the brain, the nervous system or affect behaviour or cognitive function in children or adults. Even when it comes to pregnancy, the Panel has concluded that there was no risk to the developing fetus from exposure to phenylalanine derived from aspartame at the current acceptable current intake. 3. However aspartame is not safe for people suffering from PKU or phenylketonuria, as people suffering from this disease are unable to metabolise the amino acid phenylalanine effectively, leading to the accumulation of potentially harmful levels 4. EFSA has found that at the current EU levels, the acceptable daily intake for aspartame is 40mg per kg of body weight. We are talking about a normal man weighing 70 kilos can now safely consume up to 12 cans of diet coke without a worry in the world.
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