It has been long known that carbohydrates, especially artificial sweetener sucralose are closely linked to the occurrence of certain types of cancer. If you are one of the people using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, because you think it’s healthier, you might be terribly wrong. The research team from Ramazzini Institute came up with a discovery that artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, are linked to cancer cell development, especially leukemia.
The research was presented at a conference held in London, back in 2012, and this caused The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to remove Splenda from the list of safe and approved condiments, and add it to the caution category.
Soon after, the research was published in a peer-reviewed journal, which caused CSPI to downgrade Splenda’s status once more, this time placing an “AVOID” label on it.
The research conducted at the Ramazzini Institute used mice as their subjects, and began feeding them Splenda prenatally. The feeding kept on throughout their life. The subjects were fed different concentrations of this artificial sweetener: 0 ppm (parts per million, 500 ppm, 2,000 ppm, 8,000 ppm, and 16,000 ppm. A major increase in cancerous malignant tumors was reported in male subjects, and the risk exponentially increased with the dose. The risk of leukemia occurring in male mice was also increased significantly, especially in mice that were dosed 2,000-16,000 ppm.
The scientists involved in the research noted: “These findings do not support previous data that sucralose is biologically inert. 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.”
When consulted about this issue, CSPI explained that the only long-term impact studies conducted on Splenda were in fact conducted by its manufacturers. After more than a decade of unobstructed poisoning of the population, CSPI has finally changed its opinion and now recommends the consumers to avoid Splenda.
What is Splenda in?
If you’re thinking about the health of your family and want to avoid Splenda use, it might prove to be a difficult task, as Splenda is found in more than 4,500 products. This artificial sweetener has been marketed well, and was introduced into this many products due to its low price, and the claim that it is “made from sugar so it tastes like sugar”.
This led to companies such as PepsiCo to ditch aspartame as their sweetener of choice and introduce Splenda as the replacement, back in 2015.
In a very short amount of time, Splenda became the top selling artificial sweetener in the US. From 2000 to 2004, the number of households that use Splenda as their sweetener of choice jumped by nearly 20%. By the time it was put on the avoid list, Splenda generated $288 million in sales.
What does Splenda do to your body?
Some of the dangers that Splenda presents to us include:
- Cancer (especially leukemia) development
- Neurotoxic effects
- Raising the insulin levels
- It messes with our metabolism
Are there safe sweeteners?
The short answer to this question would be: no, as most artificial sweeteners bring their own risks. Aspartame is probably the most dangerous of the group, and the most widely used one. There are hundreds of studies showing its harmful effects, and you should definitely stay clear of this one.
A healthier option are sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, glycerol, and lactitol. They tend to be not as sweet as sugar, and they have less calories. There are, however, some downsides, one of them being that you can’t consume too much of these, as they are known to cause abdominal gas and diarrhea if used excessively.
So, with all said and done, the best course of action is for you to try and avoid artificial sweeteners. This journey starts with eliminating sugar cravings, which can be achieved by consuming fruit instead of a candy bar or a soda. Exercise regularly, increase the consumption of water, and introduce fermented vegetables to your diet, as sour taste helps eliminate sugar cravings.