Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I most certainly do not use non sugar sweeteners or products. I don't feel comfortable at all using them either.
Artificial sweeteners are associated with a large array of adverse health effects. These additives are found in many products not just diet soft drinks. You will often find them in yoghurts, desserts, cordials, juices, vitamins and medicines.
Aspartame is considered to be one of the most dangerous additives on the market that is added to our foods. In the US, it accounts for over 75% of reactions reported to the US Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately we don't have a similar body here in Australia to report reactions to.
The range of symptoms that can result from the ingestion of aspartame (artificial sweeteners) include:
- headaches and migraines
- vision problems
- hearing loss
- heart palpitations
- breathing difficulties
- memory loss
- joint pain.
These artificial sweeteners are an excitotoxin (similar to MSG). Exposure levels need to be monitored so that damage isn't caused to brain cells.
Aspartame has been linked to brain cancer (causes brain tumours in rats)
A 2005 study confirmed that aspartame caused lymphomas and leukaemia in female animals at similar dosages to what humans have.
Another study in 2012 studied the link between aspartame intake and cancer and found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia.
A Norwegian study in 2012 showed the effect of consuming one artificially sweetened diet drink a day by a pregnant woman was 25% more likely to give birth more prematurely than those that avoided aspartame.
The use of aspartame despite these studies is still permitted in our food with no move from FSANZ to review / limit / ban this additive.
I welcome Choice shining a light on this!