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Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners

NNNS: Adverse Effects

Non-nutritive sweeteners and adverse effects 
Background: From time to time, questions arise about the safety of non-nutritive sweeteners particularly in regard to cancer, seizures, pregnancy and other toxicities. The FDA has approved the use of non-nutritive sweeteners and they are considered to be safe.  These FDA data are part of the pre-market assessment, are not published in peer reviewed journals and are not part of the Academy evidence analyzed for this EAL project. However, the Academy has provided you with a link to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition website.  
External Links:
  • FDA Click here to go to the "Redbook 2000: Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition website.
  • NCI Click here to go to the "National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet" regarding artificial sweeteners and cancer on the NCI website.
Note:  Only non-nutritive sweeteners approved by the FDA and considered to be safe for human consumption are included in the NNS evidence analysis project. These include: acesulfame-K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucrolose