The WHO’s cancer-research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has decided that the commonly-used sweetener aspartame “possibly causes cancer”. It’s been added to a long list of chemicals, activities, and occupations that are in some way carcinogenic. Apparently.
But the list is really stupid. In this episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart ask about the point of this list, when after all, the dose makes the poison. Is working a night shift as much of a cancer risk as using aloe vera skin cream? Does it even make sense to ask that question?
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The IARC list of carcinogens
The French study of sweeteners and cancer risk
Context on the level of risk
Long review article on the effects of aspartame
Critique of two of the Rammazini Institute’s aspartame studies
Tom’s Twitter thread on aspartame
Stuart’s article on aspartame
Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz’s article on aspartame and the IARC
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