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WHO says artificial sweetener aspartame may be cancerous

A bottle of soda is photographed. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, deemed aspartame, the world’s most widely used artificial sweetener, to be “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. (J. David Ake/AP)
A bottle of soda is photographed. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, deemed aspartame, the world’s most widely used artificial sweetener, to be “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. (J. David Ake/AP)

In not-so-sweet news, World Health Organization says artificial sweetener aspartame may be cancerous. WHO has labeled the artificial sweetener aspartame as a “possible carcinogen,” but some experts disagree with that assessment.

Here & Now‘s Celeste Headlee talks with Laura Reiley, a reporter covering the business of food for the Washington Post.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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