The artificial sweetener Sucralose, found in products such as Splenda may increase the risk of leukemia, according to a new study.
Scientists fed 457 male mice and 396 female Swiss mice with various concentrations of Sucralose, from 12 days of gestation through the lifespan.
The results revealed a “significant dose-related increased incidence of males bearing malignant tumors and a significant dose-related increased incidence of hematopoietic neoplasias in males”.
“Considering that millions of people are likely exposed, follow-up studies are urgent.” concluded the study.
Splenda claims the study is “poorly conducted” and as such insist their product is harmless.
The artificial sweetener Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sucrose or normal sugar and is said to be present in over 4,000 products, such as soda, candy, baked goods, frozen desserts as well as ice cream.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food watchdog group has downgraded its safety rating of sucralose, from “caution” to “avoid”.
“We recommend that consumers avoid sucralose, or Splenda, and we recommend consumers also avoid saccharin, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium,” said CSPI president Michael F. Jacobson.
“That said, the risk posed by over-consumption of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, particularly from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, far outweighs the cancer risk posed by sucralose and most other artificial sweeteners. Consumers are better off drinking water, seltzer, or flavored waters, but diet soda does beat regular soda.”