Ask the experts: Can I get sick from aspartame?

Q: "I've heard stories of people having all kinds of illnesses attributed to aspartame. Is this right?"

(Name not supplied)

A: Some people may believe they've experienced adverse symptoms from high consumption of aspartame-containing foods. It's important to note these individual anecdotes are not the same as scientific evidence. At Healthy Food Guide, we are guided by the established body of evidence on any topic. When new evidence emerges, we take it into account. Right now, there is no scientific evidence of the claimed side effects of aspartame or even a feasible biological explanation for them.

First published: Nov 2008
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: September 28 2016

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