Once again we see that science denial is not limited to climate change. Also, unlike climate change, there is no evidence that this is a partisan thing. Unfortunately, issues like vaccines and genetically modified food show that liberals can be just as distrusting of science as conservatives.
Aspartame has been studied for more than 30 years and there’s no good evidence suggesting it causes harm to humans. The European Food Safety Authority recently completed one of the most thorough risk assessments of aspartame ever done, looking at all the available research evidence.
Its conclusion? “Following a thorough review of evidence provided both by animal and human studies, experts have ruled out a potential risk of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer.” They found that aspartame does not harm the brain, the nervous system or affect behavior or cognitive function in children or adults.
Similarly, the National Cancer Institute found that artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, don’t appear to cause cancer. Whatever fears people might have of the chemicals, the NCI noted, likely come from early rat studies that uncovered links between artificial sweeteners and bladder cancer. Yet subsequent studies determined that these results apply only to rats, and large-scale human studies have never found good evidence of an association.