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Aspartame and its effects on health: Independently funded studies have found potential for adverse effects

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:309
  1. John Briffa, general practitioner (
  1. London N6 5ED

    EDITOR—Lean and Hankey's editorial on the effects of aspartame and health gives this artificial sweetener a clean bill of health.1 However, it seems they have ignored or dismissed a wealth of evidence, which shows that aspartame can provoke a wide range of symptoms including depression2 and headaches.3 4 Other studies (a total of 91) that …

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