Aspartame Research Library

Prior to its approval for use in food and beverage products, aspartame was subjected to one of the most comprehensive testing programs ever undertaken for a food additive. Since 1967, more than 200 scientific studies have been conducted with laboratory animals and a cross-section of men, women and children. Based on these extensive studies, aspartame's safety has been confirmed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canada's Health Protection Branch (HPB), the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Food, the United Nations' Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food and the regulatory agencies of more than 100 other nations.

Health professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association have reviewed the science and support its safety and use.

The FDA considers aspartame to be one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved. More than 100 toxicological and clinical studies the agency has reviewed confirm that aspartame is safe for the general population. (D. Hattan, FDA Consumer, 1998)

Abstracts from the scientific literature in the following sections address primary questions frequently raised about aspartame. If this information does not address your specific question, please enter the appropriate term in the "search" box on this site.

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