Why Did The FDA Approve NutraSweet If It Is Harmful?

The FDA approval of aspartame is controversial, to say the least. Aspartame was first approved in 1974, but the approval was “postponed” due to the protests from research scientists whose laboratory animals died of seizures and developed brain lesions. From that point in time, G.D. Searle (the creators of aspartame marketed exclusively as NutraSweet/Equal®) launched political campaigns to secure final FDA approval in 1981.

Prior to 1976, independent researchers performed more than 90 percent of aspartame testing submitted to the FDA. After 1976, all independent research took a second place behind the corporate research financed by Searle researchers. Every independent research study performed on aspartame proved it was dangerous to human health, yet the corporate research submitted to the FDA showed aspartame to be perfectly safe. Amid continuous protests from the independent researchers, Searle finally achieved FDA approval for aspartame in 1981 in dry goods.

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