Eagerly awaited by the food industry, the verdict issued by the European Food Safety Authority has fallen. Aspartame, this additive used to sweeten drinks and foods, such as Coca-Cola, would be without risk to health, at least at the level authorized today. Unless you “consume six cans and ten yoghurts daily”, aspartame would not be harmful.
Aspartame, not harmful to health? This is the conclusion of a study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), published on Tuesday, which states “thatat current levels of exposure “, aspartame is safe.
“At current levels “, this means that at less than 40 mg consumed per kg of body weight, aspartame is not dangerous. A can of sweetened soft drink contains around 180 mg of aspartame, this means that a 75 kg person must drink 16 a day to exceed the acceptable daily intake in Europe.
However “consume six cans and ten yogurts daily “sweetened with aspartame”does not fit into a reasonable diet “, underlined Claude Lambré, vice-president of the committee of experts. Aspartame is therefore risk-free, unless you abuse it considerably.
This EFSA opinion is good news for a company like Coca-Cola, which saw its sales of diet drinks drop in the United States after the publication of studies linking aspartame to health problems, including cancers or premature births.
Over the past year, the American company had seen a 7% drop in its “diet sodas”. Even in France, studies had come to criticize so-called “light” drinks, which would cause even more obesity than sugary drinks normally. Coca-Cola even went so far as to publish its own study on the safety of aspartame.
The American company was not the only one concerned, since consumers had for many years been very suspicious of desserts, chewing gum and diet products containing aspartame.
Fears refuted by EASA: “This advice results from one of the most comprehensive studies ever undertaken on the risk posed by aspartame. “, commented the president of the EFSA commission on food additives, Alicja Mortensen.
Especially since EFSA has long been suspected of bowing to industry pressure. Consequently, in January 2013 the Authority launched a public consultation for “to improve ” and finalize its first provisional conclusions. She then postponed the release of her final verdict, first expected last May, to “to be able to clarify more ” the comments and criticisms collected.
[null,null] EFSA press release on the complete assessment of the risks associated with aspartame published by Fil_actu