Medicine: Sweet News

Approval for a sugar substitute

For anyone afflicted with a sweet tooth, Government rulings in the past decade have been decidedly sour. First the Food & Drug Administration barred cyclamates because they might bring on bladder cancer. Then after saccharin was also linked to bladder cancer, the agency proposed banning that sweetener, an action averted only by an act of Congress. Last week the FDA broke new ground, announcing its approval of a low-calorie sugar substitute called aspartame.

A go-ahead actually was granted in 1974, but was stayed pending investigation of charges that aspartame...

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