Aspartame and Behavior in Children

  • Mark L. Wolraich


The purpose of the present chapter is to review what actual evidence exists on the relationship between aspartame and behavior in children. Nine challenge studies employing about 10 mg/kg of aspartame found no difference in children’s behavior or cognitive performance challenged with aspartame or sugar (sucrose or fructose). One study found no effect even with a larger dose of 30 mg/kg. These studies do not support a concern that aspartame has adverse effects on the behavior of children, but they were limited because they only examined short-term effects. The effects of chronic ingestion of large doses of aspartame remains unknown.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark L. Wolraich
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  1. 1.Division of Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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