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Alzheimer's Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Cancer Society

American Council on Science and Health

American Diabetes Association

American Dietetic Association

American Heart Association

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Columbia University

Lupus Foundation of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mayo Clinic

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

National Cancer Institute

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Nemours Foundation

U.K. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)

 


Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest national voluntary health organization supporting Alzheimer's research and care. The site specifically states, "Several studies have been conducted on aspartame’s effect on cognitive function in both animals and humans. These studies found no scientific evidence of a link between aspartame and memory loss."

URL: http://www.alz.org/AboutAD/Myths.asp

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing more than 94,300 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide. The site states that aspartame is not related to ADHD in children or brain tumors in the general population. The site also notes that the claims made against aspartame are false.

URL: http://www.aafp.org/afp/970215ap/970215b.html
URL: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001101/diary.html
URL: http://www.aafp.org/afp/980600ap/quantum.html

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American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation. The ACS's Web site clearly states that aspartame does not cause cancer. In fact, aspartame (due to the nature in which it is metabolized) never reaches the organs of the body.

URL: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_1_3x_aspartame.asp
URL: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/...

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American Council on Science and Health

After receiving many emails regarding allegations about aspartame that were circulating on the Internet, ACSH reminds consumers that aspartame is safe and offers further general information on artificial sweeteners. ACSH is a consumer education consortium concerned with helping consumers distinguish between real and hypothetical health risks.

URL: http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.265/healthissue_detail.asp

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American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association, the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy, states that there is no credible scientific evidence linking aspartame to any health-related problems for people with diabetes.

URL: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/common-terms/
URL: http://forecast.diabetes.org/magazine/food-thought/size-your-sweetener-options

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American Dietetic Association

American Dietetic Association (ADA) concludes aspartame is safe and has issued a position statement approving non-nutritive sweeteners including aspartame. ADA is the professional organization that establishes standards of quality for practice for nearly 70,000 dietetic professionals, most of whom are registered dietitians.

URL: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is dedicated to providing education and information on fighting heart disease and stroke. At this link discussing artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, the organization has found, through extensive investigation, that aspartame has not caused any serious side effects.

URL: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4447

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is dedicated to helping those with asthma and allergies improve their quality of life through education, advocacy and research. This site notes that alleged reactions to aspartame have not been verified and claims that products containing aspartame cause hyperactivity in children are not supported by studies.

URL: http://aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=20&cont=285

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Columbia University

Columbia University, one of the leading academic institutions in food and nutrition, reiterates the evidence supporting the safety of aspartame. Go Ask Alice®! is the health question and answer Internet site produced by Columbia University's Health Education Program - a division of the Columbia University Health Service.

URL: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0736.html

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Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is a nationwide volunteer organization serving the lupus community, including patients, their families, physicians, researchers, and the general public. The site notes in this question asking whether there was “any truth to the claims being circulated on the Internet that lupus is caused by the artificial sweetener, aspartame?” that there is no credible scientific evidence to support a link between aspartame and lupus.

URL: http://www.lupus.org/education/faq.html#22

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Clinical Research Center conducted a study which concluded that aspartame is safe for the general population. Findings are noted here in this section entitled “Study reaffirms safety of aspartame.” MIT is known for its Nobel prize-winning staff and excellence in science and math.

URL: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1998/aspartame-0916.html

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Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic asserts that aspartame is not to blame for brain tumors and notes that The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and the American Cancer Society, among other reputable sources, have all rebutted this widely circulated myth that AspartameAspartame causes multiple sclerosis, lupus and tumors. This multi-campus health system is a leader in clinical practice, research and education and is a trusted name in health care.

URL: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/artificial-sweeteners/my00073

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Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's site is a comprehensive on-line MS information center. The article notes, "The CDC also noted that there was no evidence supporting the claim that aspartame could cause certain diseases (i.e. multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc.)."

URL: http://www.msfacts.org/article-details.aspx?articleID=40

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National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is a valuable resource for both scientists and the general public. Information is provided on types of cancer, the latest treatments and statistics as well as funding opportunities, training programs and up-to-date news and information, including data on aspartame. A recent analysis of NCI statistics on cancer incidence in the United States does not support an association between the use of aspartame and an increased incidence of brain tumors.

URL: http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/3_19.htm

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that “stories linking aspartame and MS are unfounded” and that “several websites and documents circulating on the Internet are making unsubstantiated claims about aspartame. NMSS Web site offers access to the latest information about MS, diagnosis and treatments, resources for living with MS and Society-funded research efforts.

URL: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/what-causes-ms/disproved-theories/index.aspx

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The Nemours Foundation

The Nemours Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and spirit of children and supports the operation of a number of renowned children's health facilities throughout the nation, including the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Nemours Children's Clinics throughout Florida. In this article entitled “Is Aspartame safe for my child?” Foundation states that aspartame is safe for the general population, including children.

URL: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/aspartame.html

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U.K. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)

Aspartame was first approved for use in the UK in 1982 following a review by the Committee on Toxicity (COT), a group of independent experts who advise the Government on the safety of food ingredients. The COT has fully reviewed aspartame after studying all the available scientific information and found it to be safe for consumption. Up-to-date bulletins regarding this information can be found here.

URL: http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk/safereating/additivesbranch/
URL: http://www.foodstandards.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2002/dec/aspartamereview

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