A recent study has cast doubt on the safety of aspartame, a key ingredient in Diet Coke and other diet sodas. The research, conducted by scientists at the University of Sussex, suggests that the artificial sweetener may not be as harmless as previously believed.
The study reviewed data from 73 previous studies on aspartame and found that 71 out of 73 studies funded by the aspartame industry concluded the ingredient was safe.
However, 92% of independently funded studies raised concerns about its safety. This discrepancy has led researchers to question the impartiality of studies funded by the aspartame industry.
Professor Erik Millstone, who led the study, stated that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) should reconsider its stance on aspartame.
Currently, the EFSA maintains that aspartame is safe for consumption, but Millstone argues that the agency's conclusion is based on flawed and biased research.
The study has reignited the debate over the safety of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, which is used in a variety of food and drink products.
While the EFSA and other regulatory bodies continue to endorse its safety, this new research suggests that further independent studies are needed to confirm these claims.
The findings have also sparked concerns among consumers, many of whom are now rethinking their consumption of diet sodas and other products containing aspartame. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen whether regulatory agencies will take action based on these new findings.