Can children safely consume products containing aspartame?
Yes. Scientific studies have shown that children handle aspartame the same way as adults. Studies in laboratory animals were conducted in which extremely large amounts of aspartame were given from the prenatal period all the way to adulthood. The results demonstrated no effects of aspartame on growth and development.
Thus, aspartame can be safely incorporated as part of a healthful eating plan for children. However, it is important to keep in mind that children, particularly those under two years of age, need adequate calories for growth and development.