Aspartame listed as possible carcinogen

A widely used sweetener may be linked to cancer.

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The World Health Organization has classified the popular artificial sweetener Aspartame as a possible carcinogen.
This announcement was based on limited evidence for cancer in humans.
Aspartame is found in a number of sugar-free products, like diet soda, juices, and ice cream.
However doctors are making it clear that nothing definitive has been proven yet.

The risk of Aspartame is far less than other known carcinogens, such as drinking or smoking, Dr. Shepard said.
The World Health Organization says it is safe to consume Aspartame up to a certain amount.
An adult weighing 150 pounds would have to drink more than nine cans of diet soda per day to go over the acceptable limit.