By Carol Nathan | Fact-checked by Anastasia Climan, RDN, CD-N

Key Takeaways

  • Reducing sugar intake in the diet by substituting artificial sweeteners such as aspartame is a common health recommendation.
  • Studies, however, are pointing to risks and disadvantages of consuming artificial sweeteners.
  • In particular, adverse health effects of aspartame are being reported in the areas of diabetes, fertility, anxiety, and cancer risk, according to research.

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