SFDA: Pepsi/CocaCola Diet are safe to drink

Does Aspartame cause cancer?

Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has confirmed no concerns regarding Aspartame, used in diet carbonated drinks such as Pepsi, 7-Up, and CocaCola.

The controversy surfaced after International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) reported that Aspartame may have possible human carcinogenic development. 

Its relation to humans has been found with IARC Group 2B, which may be possible, yet no conclusive evidence has been found. 

SFDA reported that since IRAC has classified it as 2B, there is insufficient scientific evidence to prove that Aspartame can cause cancer in humans or animals, in case they were the subject of an experiment. 

WHO Statement on Aspartame

SFDA also highlighted that the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) expert committee on food additives (JECFA) have issued a Final Summary of the Findings Aspartame report.

It concludes that no reason has been found to change the previously acceptable intake of Aspartame to not to be changed. 

How many Pepsi Diet cans can you drink?

The acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame is 0–40 mg/kg body weight.

Exceeding these limits would mean consuming 9 to 14 cans of soft drinks containing 200 or 300 mg of aspartame per day for an adult weighing 70 kg.

SFDA Conclusion

Thus, what is concluded by the SFDA’s scientific assessments is that Aspartame is safe to use until it is used within limits. It is not recommended to exceed the limits of Aspartame. 

It has been over 40 years since Aspartame is used as a sweetener. More than 6,000 products from around the world contain it.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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