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Artificial Sweetener: Verdict Is Still Out

Does consuming food and beverages containing artificial sweeteners — such as Diet Coke, yogurt, ice cream, jams, and chewing gum — present a trade-off between weight loss and an increased risk of cancer? The verdict is still out, says the National Cancer Institute: "Questions about artificial sweeteners and cancer arose when early studies showed that cyclamate in combination with saccharin caused bladder cancer in laboratory animals. However, results from subsequent carcinogenicity studies (studies that examine whether a substance can cause cancer) of these sweeteners have not provided clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans. Similarly, studies of other FDA-approved sweeteners have not demonstrated clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans."

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