Look here but I would also try and determine EXACTLY WHO IS BEHIND " :
"... the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology ..." mentioned in the excerpt below. It could well be NOT an "independent" publication at all but something set up by the "aspartame" industry -likewise for the "panel of experts" that have "reviewed over 500 studies" - may be legitimate - may not.
I do consume some things with "artificial sweetners" but I attempt to limit it as much as possible for ONE REASON :
ANY DRUG OR ADDITIVE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IS TESTED AT BEST UNDER "SHORT TERM" CONDITIONS ONLY - as in up to several years.
It is simply economically not freasable to test something - anything - for 10 or 20 or more years before allowing it to be used.
So - Aaron my boy - IT IS YOU AND I WHO DO THE "LONG TERM" TESTING - LIKE IT OR NOT.
With that in mind I am not going to consume ANYTHING that smells of "controversial" in other than mimimal quantities at best.http://www.aboutaspartame.com/profe.../index.asp
New, Most Comprehensive Study of Aspartame Ever Conducted Reaffirms Safety of Sweetener
September 11, 2007 –
A new scientific study released today and considered the most comprehensive review of aspartame ever conducted,
reaffirms the safety of the widely used sweetener. The report was published in the September edition of
the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, available online today and in print next week.
An internationally renowned panel of experts reviewed more than 500 studies,
articles and reports on aspartame and reconfirmed that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption,
even among the heaviest users.
Please click on the links below for copies of the following materials:
University of Maryland press release
Informa Healthcare/Critical Reviews in Toxicology press release
Aspartame Resource Center press release
Informa Healthcare/Critical Reviews in Toxicology Web site
American Dietetic Association comment
... from the "ZONE OF SUSPICION"