What’s the Scoop on Aspartame?

Stephen Barrett, M.D.
May 11, 2017

An e-mail message is being circulated with many statements to the effect that aspartame is dangerous. How worried should I be?.


Not at all. The message is pure rubbish. About.com posted an excellent rebuttal to the e-mail message, which it considered an “urban legend.”

  • In 2001, a Multiple Sclerosis Foundation medical advisor labeled the message “rapidly misleading and scandalous.” The latest (2009) version of this report concludes that aspartame is “quite safe and refers to the circulating e-mail message as a hoax.
  • The Aspartame Information Service, sponsored by Ajinomoto, a leading maker of aspartame, has science-based reports.

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