Artificial sweetener used in diet cokes is a possible carcinogen- WHO’s cancer research agency


A common artificial sweetener used worldwide known as Aspartame will be stated as a possible carcinogen for humans next month by the World Health Organization, as per sources. The element is used in Coca-Cola’s diet coke, Mars’ chewing gums, and other drinks and products that are consumed by the masses on a regular basis.

Aspartame used in such items will be listed as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in the next month by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is an efficient cancer research body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Although the Washington Post report has stated that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the consumption of Aspartame by humans in 1981 and over that period of time it also verified its safety 5 times. Which is approved by more than 90 countries in the world, along with India.


Aspartame does not have calories and is 200 times sweeter than the normal sugar that we consume. About 95% of soft drink companies use this element and around 90% of instant tea-making brands also, represent a huge beverage share in the market.

However, the American Beverage Association has declined this case, the chief executive of the organization Kevin Keane said, “There is a broad consensus in the scientific and regulatory community that aspartame is safe. It’s a conclusion reached time and time again by food safety agencies around the world.”

“The fact that food safety agencies worldwide, including the FDA, continue to find aspartame safe makes us confident in the safety of our products. And people all over the world should be, too,” he added further.

The issue has become a concerning point all over the globe, as the masses are consuming their day-to-day life. A study in France showed that people who consumed artificial sweeteners or products that are comprised of this element or even acesulfame-K have the chance of incurring cancer.