- Do you like sweet beverages?
- Have you heard of ‘aspartame’?
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- cancer /KAN-ser/
- announcement /uh-NOUNS-muhnt/
- approve /uh-PROOV/
- publish /PUHB-lish/
[noun] – a connection between two things
The scientists discovered a strong link between smoking and lung cancer.
[noun] – a serious disease that is caused when cells in the body grow in a way that is uncontrolled and not normal, killing normal cells and often causing death
Regular screenings for breast cancer are recommended for early detection.
[noun] – something that someone says officially, giving information about something
The company’s announcement of a new product launch generated excitement among customers.
[verb] – to accept, allow, or officially agree to something
The board of directors approved the new budget proposal.
[verb] – to make information available to people, especially in a book, magazine, or newspaper, or to produce and sell a book, magazine, or newspaper
The scientific journal will publish the groundbreaking research findings next month.
Aspartame is super sweet—about 200 times sweeter than sugar—which is why it’s used in calorie-free sweeteners. You can find it in diet drinks, gum, some yogurts, and popular drinks like Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Pepsi Max, and 7 Up Free. Shockingly, it’s in about 6,000 different food products.
Even though aspartame is approved by food safety authorities, there’s still controversy. The IARC checked out lots of studies on aspartame and its link to cancer. So, while it may be called “possibly carcinogenic,” it doesn’t tell us exactly how risky it is. The IARC and another expert group made announcements on July 14 and published their findings in a journal called Lancet Oncology.
True or False:
- Aspartame has been definitively classified as a carcinogen by the IARC.
- Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
- The risk of cancer associated with aspartame is well-established and understood.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified aspartame as “possibly carcinogenic.”
- Aspartame is not widely used and is only found in a few food products.
Fill in the blanks:
- His family has been affected by ______, so he actively supports cancer research organizations.
- The regulatory agency has the authority to _______ or reject new drug applications based on safety.
- The magazine will soon _______ an interview with the famous actor about his latest film.
- The government’s ____________ of tax cuts brought relief to many citizens.
- Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive ____ to overall health and well-being.