Will Artificial Sweeteners Give Me Cancer?

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Will Artificial Sweeteners Give Me Cancer?

August 8, 2023

Will Artificial Sweeteners Give Me Cancer?

Have we soured on artificial sweeteners??

Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released statements about artificial sweeteners and potential risks to our health. The IARC went as far as to list aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”

So, what’s all the hubbub about? Are artificial sweeteners actually bad for us? Does data exist to support a link between artificial sweeteners and cancer? Metabolic disease? Any other health concerns?

Do we have to stop drinking “sugar-free” beverages? Should we panic??


Listen to Your Doctor Friends! Let us help you understand the relevant data, and provide some context. We’re your friends. Its what we’re here for 🙂

Major points-of-interest (i.e. SWEET SPOTS) in this episode include:

Where do artificial sweeteners come from? Are they all “chemicals”?

What does the WHO’s statement on non-nutritive sweeteners mean? What’s the context? What are the data origins which spurred this recommendation?

Is there evidence that links artificial sweeteners to cancer? What kind of evidence?

How does the IARC classify carcinogenicity of substances?

What are examples of substances that are “Group 1- Carcinogenic to Humans” vs “Group 2A and 2B- Probably and Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans, respectively”?

What is JECFA? How do they classify substances and determine “safe levels” to consume on a daily basis?

What are stevia and monk fruit extract? Are they “better” for us since they’re “natural”?

What is lycasin and why are the reviews of “Sugarfree Haribo Gummi Bears” so hilarious??

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