Aspartame – the artificial sweetener found in more than 6,000 foods and dietary drinks – causes cancer.

The sweetener causes liver and lung cancers, and, not surprisingly, the risk increases with the amount of aspartame you consume, say researchers from the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre, in Bologna, Italy.

They made the discovery when they fed laboratory mice and rats with aspartame from pre-birth and until their death.

(Source: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2010; 53: 1197-1206).

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