New Zealand officials dismiss the aspartame-formaldehyde link

21 August 2007

“There are many foods where formaldehyde is naturally produced as part of normal digestion. Tomatoes and citrus fruits produce far more than aspartame. It’s normal and not at all harmful in the levels produced,” says New Zealand Food Safety Authority expert toxicologist John Reeve.

“If these reports didn’t get taken seriously by some people they would be laughable. However, people could be put off artificial sweeteners in favour of sugar, with its associated known contribution to obesity, diabetes and similar.”

“Furthermore, claims saying that aspartame leads to unsafe levels of formaldehyde in people are just ridiculous.”

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