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Artificial Sweeteners: Not as sweet as you think

Artificial sweeteners not healthy

Recent research conducted by experts from North Carolina State University has revealed something we should all know about!  That sucralose, the artificial sweetener commonly marketed as Splenda, may cause damage to a person’s DNA and potentially lead to cancer. Sucralose, which is 600 times sweeter than table sugar, is extensively used in various products. Such as baked goods, beverages, chewing gum, gelatins, and frozen dairy desserts. The study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, focused on the chemical properties of sucralose and its effects on the human body.

The findings

The research team, led by Susan Schiffman, is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. The team found that sucralose breaks down into a compound known as sucralose-6-acetate. Which has the potential to harm the lining of the intestine. The study conducted in vitro experiments using human tissue, revealing that sucralose-6-acetate significantly increased the expression of genes associated with inflammation, oxidative stress, and cancer. Additionally, the researchers observed that both sucralose and sucralose-6-acetate caused “leaky gut”. This happens when exposed to gut epithelial tissues, which are responsible for lining the gut wall.

These findings align with previous research indicating that sucralose can also cause intestinal damage. However, representatives from the International Sweetener Association, defending the safety of artificial sweeteners, stated that sucralose has undergone extensive testing. And has been deemed safe by the global scientific and regulatory community.

What does WHO say?

It is worth noting that various studies have linked artificial sweeteners to potential health risks. In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised against using artificial sweeteners like Splenda for weight control. The WHO’s recommendation and the recent findings contribute to ongoing discussions surrounding the safety and health implications of artificial sweeteners.

The way ahead

Further research and continued monitoring of the effects of sucralose and other artificial sweeteners are necessary. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of their potential risks. And also to provide consumers with accurate information for making informed choices regarding their dietary habits.

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