A new study published by the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health has warned consumers that one of the most popular sugar alternatives sucralose also known as ‘Splenda’, causes leukemia.
The artificial sweetener was fed to mice during a trial, and they developed leukemia and other blood cancers as a result.
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Nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest is formally recommending that consumers avoid sucralose. Artificial sweetener Splenda is sucralose-based.
It’s a big deal considering this is the same company that listed sucralose as a safe alternative to sugar prior to the new research findings.
Sucralose can be found in over 4,500 products, according to the study.
The sucralose case study was funded without special interests, unlike the majority of case studies for food additives.
“For most food additives, the safety studies are conducted by the manufacturers who have financial incentives,” said Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the CSPI reports Eatclean.com.
Splenda is (officially) really bad for you. (Like, really bad, so quit the habit, will you?) https://t.co/Y4zFFzEIib pic.twitter.com/Ux6Ob9IkxY
— Well + Good (@WellandGoodNYC) March 8, 2016
Even if you don’t splurge on Splenda, you could still potentially see adverse effects.
“When something causes cancer at high doses, it generally causes cancer at lower doses, the risk is just smaller,” Lefferts said.
Skeptics of the new study are still warned about the adverse effects of artificial sweeteners. New research shows artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, not weight loss, and diet soda can lead to an increase in belly fat.
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