Splenda linked to leukemia risk

splenda 2“Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.”

Sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) hit the market just over 15 years ago with an ad campaign that made it sound as natural as sunlight and daffodils.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, it sounded like the perfect replacement for sugar.
By most accounts, it tasted better than its predecessors, aspartame and saccharine — and, as far as anyone knew, it didn’t have that long list of health risks associated with it, either.
Yes, it sounded perfect all right… a little too perfect.
And now, the bitter truth has finally come out: Sucralose might TASTE sweet, but what it can do to your body is anything but.
New research on mice once again links this sugar substitute to leukemia, with male mice in particular facing a higher risk of the disease, especially as the levels of sucralose in the diet increased.
According to the research published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, the mice were given levels of sucralose that were, at times, high enough to equal what a human drinking 10 cans of diet of soda per day would be exposed to.
Now, most folks wouldn’t be able to drink that much sucralose in a day, but don’t take too much comfort in that. Something toxic at a high dose is usually pretty bad for you at a lower one, too — even if it’s not quite AS bad.
And with the growing number of other food products that are substituting sugar with Splenda, your daily intake of the stuff may be growing, too — in some cases, without you even knowing it.
And this is hardly the only time that cancer concerns have been raised.
In the wake of previous studies that found sucralose can cause leukemia and other forms of blood cancer in mice, the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, which originally declared it “safe,” downgraded the fake sugar to “caution” earlier this year.
Now, the agency is urging consumers to avoid it — the same advice it gives for aspartame (brand name Equal), saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), and acesulfame potassium (Sweet One), all of which have been linked to everything from migraines and cancer to DEATH.
The main source of those fake sugars, diet sodas, has even been linked to some of the very conditions people who drink them are trying to avoid: weight gain and diabetes.
And another study on both mice and humans found that ANY type of artificial sweetener at all can permanently alter the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut… and NOT in a good way. Folks who drink diet sodas have lower levels of helpful Clostridiales bacteria and higher levels of dangerous Bacteroides.
We see similar changes in diabetics.
The sad truth is that few sugar substitutes are safe, but if you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, try either xylitol or lo han.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s