Aspartame Could Cause Memory And Learning Deficits In Future Generations: Study

Industry experts maintain the safety of the low-calorie sweetener, saying 'facts are important'

  • The non-sugar, low-calorie sweetener aspartame — which is found in many sugar-free or “diet” foods and drinks — has been linked to potential problems with memory and learning, according to a study from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine.
  • In the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, male mice that consumed aspartame — even at levels deemed safe by the FDA — had offspring that “demonstrated spatial learning and memory deficits,” a press release from FSU stated.
  • Based on the study findings, co-author Pradeep Bhide, the Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers eminent scholar chair of developmental neuroscience in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, suggested the FDA takes a “closer, multi-generational perspective on the effects of aspartame.”
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