In May, the World Health Organization (World Health Organization) issued an alarming report that widely used sugar-free sweeteners such as aspartame.
The WHO has reported that they are probably ineffective for weight loss and that long-term consumption may increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality in adults. A few months later, the WHO declared aspartame, the main ingredient in Diet Coke, a "probable carcinogen," but then quickly issued a third report that seemed to contradict its earlier findings. The third report said we can continue to consume the product at levels that were determined to be safe decades ago, before new scientific research raised health concerns.
This contradiction comes from corruption of the review process by consultants connected to a Coca-Cola group;, the public health advocacy group said in a recent publication US Right-To-Know.
It revealed eight WHO panellists involved in assessing safe levels of aspartame consumption are consultants to the soft drink industry or have previously worked with a Coke scientific group, the International Life Sciences Institute (Ilsi).
Their involvement in bodies that create or approve guidelines represents "an obvious conflict of interest," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Right-To-Know USA.
"Because of this conflict of interest, the conclusions [on daily intake] for aspartame are not reliable and the public should not rely on them."
Ilsi describes itself as a non-profit organization that conducts "science for the public good," but was founded in 1978 by a Coca-Cola executive who worked at the company until 2021, according to Right-To-Know's USA. Other Coca-Cola executives have worked for the group, and their detailed tax returns show millions in donations from Coca-Cola and other drinks industry players. Coke ended its official membership of the group in 2021.
Με τα χρόνια, οι εκfaceι της Ilsi προσπάθησαν να διαμορφώσουν την πολιτική για τα τρόφιμα παγκοσμίως και ο Ruskin, ο οποίος έχει γράψει πολλές επιστημονικές εργασίες για την ομάδα, χαρακτήρισε τη διαμάχη για την ασπαρτάμη ως “αριστούργημα στο πώς ο Ilsi μπαίνει σε αυτές τις ρυθμιστικές διαδικασίες”.