WHO questions safety of aspartame. Here’s a list of popular foods, beverages with the sweetener.

As more Americans shy away from sugar, artificial sweeteners have stepped in to fill the gap in people’s favorite recipes, with more than 6,000 products manufactured with aspartame.

But questions are being raised about aspartame’s safety after Reuters reported that the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization is set to declare that the artificial sweetener is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has “assessed the potential carcinogenic effect of aspartame” and will release its findings on July 14, a representative at the organization told CBS MoneyWatch. They did not confirm the Reuters report about the IARC’s conclusion on aspartame’s safety. READ MORE

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