Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Aspartame Safe?

Friday, 07 Sep 2012 09:25 AM


Question: I know some doctors say that the artificial sweetener Aspartame is a neurotoxin. What is your opinion? Do you think it is safe? Thank you.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Aspartame is found as NutraSweet and Equal and can be used in both cold and warm foods. People who have a condition called phenylketonuria should avoid this sweetener. Phenylketonuria is a birth defect that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in your body. Many studies have concluded that it specifically does not cause headaches, seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, or multiple sclerosis. In fact, no unsafe health consequences of aspartame have been identified, and it is quite safe.



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