You have all hear about Splenda, that little yellow packet may not be so innocent. Sucralose—the no-calorie sugar substitute most commonly known by the brand name Splenda—has been found to cause a variety of harmful biological effects in the body, according to new research. Just recently, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has urged consumers to use caution and to educate yourself before the using the artificial sweetener.
Medical News Today reported that Splenda (sucralose) was downgraded from “safe” to “caution” in after an Italian animal study linked sucralose to a higher risk of developing leukemia.
The CSPI said at the time that it was awaiting the Italian study’s review before deciding what long-term safety grade to assign to Splenda in its Chemical Cuisine guide to food additives. As of early 2015 this study review has not yet been published. Many millions of people around the world use artificial sweeteners. They are commonly found in a growing number of and drinks and food items, including food for diabetes, cakes, milkshakes, soft drinks, and even medications.
Italian study links sucralose consumption to leukemia risk
Dr. Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, and team fed 843 laboratory mice varying doses of sucralose from when they were fetuses until they died.
Here’s what they found:
“Our early studies in rats showed increases in several types of cancer, and, in our most recent aspartame studies, we observed a statistically significant increase of liver and lung tumors in male mice. This shows aspartame causes cancer in various places of the body in two different species. Health concerns over aspartame are leading consumers to switch to the widely promoted alternative: sucralose.
Now that we have found evidence of a link between sucralose and cancer in mice, similar research should be urgently repeated on rats, and large scale observational studies should be set up to monitor any potential cancer risk to human health.”
Dr Soffritti cautions that children and pregnant mothers should avoid consuming artificial sweeteners until appropriate studies clearly show there is no cancer risk.
Here are the Grades
As things stand at the moment, these are the gradings CSPI gives to artificial sweeteners:
Splenda – caution
Saccharin – avoid
Aspartame – avoid
Acesulfame potassium – avoid
Rebiana – safe
CSPI adds that it would be useful to have further testing done on rebiana.
CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson, said:
“Sucralose may prove to be safer than saccharin, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium, but the forthcoming Italian study warrants careful scrutiny before we can be confident that the sweetener is safe for use in food.”
“Caution” Regarding Splenda Is Putting It Mildly…
Dr. Mercola, who has written extensively on artificial sweeteners had this to say:
I would instead say that this artificial sweetener should be avoided like the plague. In 2005, I wrote Sweet Deception, in which I expose the many concerns related to the consumption of artificial sweeteners. It’s an extremely well-researched book, and it’s every bit as valid today as it was when I first wrote it. I spent over three years, and had five health care professionals work on it with me to be absolutely sure of our findings.
Mercola was actually threatened by Johnson & Johnson:
I did this because the maker of Splenda, Johnson & Johnson, had their New York legal firm write me a 20-page letter threatening to sue me if I published the book. Needless to say, the book was published and they never sued me as the information was all true.