– Scientists fed various doses of sweetener Splenda to rats until their death
– Sucralose in it was linked to a raise risk of leukaemia and other cancers
– Expert: No dose is safe as things that are cancerous at a high dose tend to have the same effect at lower doses
– Splenda’s manufacturers call into question the reliability of the study
An artificial sweetener promoted as a healthier alternative to sugar may raise the risk of leukaemia, a study has found.
Italian researchers found Splenda, a sweetener which containing sucralose, was linked with an increased risk of this type of blood cancer as well as other cancers.
The team, from the Ramazzini Institute, called for ‘urgent’ follow up studies to assess whether the ingredient is harmful.
However, Splenda’s makers, Heartland Food Products Group, issued a strong rebuttal, arguing a body of evidence has found the product to be safe, and calling into question the reliability of studies by the Ramazzini Institute.
And as part of the study, researchers used doses of Splenda that were at least four times the recommended daily limit for humans.
However, one scientist said there is no safe dose, as if a product is cancerous at high doses, it tends to have the same effect even if less of it is consumed.
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