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Aspartame Induces Tumors, Study Shows

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:15pm

New research from Italy shows that the artificial sweetener aspartame can be carcinogenic.

Indeed, scientists showed for the first time in experimental conditions that aspartame "causes a dose-related statistically significant increase in lymphomas [malignant tumors that arise in the lymph nodes] and leukaemias [chronic neoplastic diseases of the bone marrow] in female rats at dose levels very near those to which humans can be exposed."

The startling new study -- which was published in the Cancer Research Centre for the European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy -- also reveals a connection between low exposure of aspartame and a 62% increase in  lymphomas and leukaemias compared to controls, even though this was not statistically significant." 

I'm no scientist, but I'm baffled as to why 62% -- which seems like quite a lot -- isn't deemed "statistically significant."

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