Artificial Sweetener Linked With Increased Risk Of Leukemia

Posted: Mar 13 2016, 3:39am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 13 2016, 8:57pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Artificial Sweetener Linked with Increased Risk of Leukemia
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New research has found that artificial sweetener Splenda can cause leukemia and other blood cancers.

Refined white sugar is considered to be one of the harmful ingredients in the modern diet. It can contribute to all sorts of diseases from diabetes to fatty liver to stress.

Nearly two decades ago, an artificial sweetener had been introduced under the brand name of “Splenda.” The artificial sweetener was promoted as a healthier alternative to white sugar but new research has found that Splenda is increasing the risk for leukemia. 

A recent study published in International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health has shown a link between Splenda and blood cancer.

The study involved more than 800 mice who were fed high doses of Splenda or Sucralose daily throughout their lives. It was found that the artificial sweetener can contribute in developing leukemia and other blood cancers. The latest study somehow supports the findings of many previous studies that also claimed that artificial sweetener can cause cancer.

In 2013, Splenda was downgraded from “safe” to “caution” based on the previous research from the same institute with similar outcome.

“And even if you consume less, that doesn’t mean there’s no problem,” said Lisa Lefferts, a senior scientist at Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

“When something causes cancer at high doses, it generally causes cancer at lower doses, the risk is just similar.”

Splenda manufacturers, on the other hand, refuted the claims and called study unscientific and poorly conducted that does not adhere to international standards. 

“The truth is that the collective scientific evidence strongly supports that sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer. Sucralose has been extensively researched, with more 110 studies conducted over a 20-year period,” the manufacture said in a statement.

“The latest study by Ramazzini Institute is just one more example of the type of report that perpetuates misperceptions about low-calorie sweeteners.”

The latest study itself suggests that these findings are not conclusive and demands for further research in this regard.

“More studies are necessary to show the safety of sucralose, including new and more adequate carcinogenic bioassay on rats. Considering that millions of people are likely exposed, follow up studies are urgent.”

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