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Aspartame and its effects on health: Authors' reply

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7486.310-b (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:310
  1. Michael E J Lean, professor ([email protected]),
  2. Catherine R Hankey, lecturer, University Department of Human Nutrition
  1. Division of Developmental Medicine, University of Glasgow, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G31 2ER
  2. Division of Developmental Medicine, University of Glasgow, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G31 2ER

    EDITOR—Briffa distorts the content of our editorial, his language demonstrating his fundamental distrust of the “artificial” and “synthetic”—in this case a sweetener.

    We pointed out the difficulty of proving an absence of effects in research and suggested that the public is better served by independent scientific review than by anecdotes of sometimes unknown provenance.1 When public safety is at stake, all views should be evaluated and contributors' vested interests recognised.

    Briffa cites an online review of studies on …

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