Artificial Sweeteners Moved From ‘Caution’ To ‘Avoid’ Thanks To New Study

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While it’s common knowledge that sugar isn’t particularly good for us, people are more frequently reaching for substitutes to assuage those cravings. Artificial sweeteners have been seen as a healthy alternative for years, but according to some ground-breaking new research from the Rammazini Institute that’s not the case.

The findings were published this year in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health by a team of researchers who tested sucralose (brand name: Splenda) on mice. They began feeding them prenatally in various increments; 0 ppm (parts per million), 500 ppm, 2,000 ppm, 8,000 ppm or 16,000 ppm.

Researchers observed an increase in cancerous growths on male mice – a risk that grew as the dosage increased. The risk of leukemia was also greater in male mice when doses of 2,000 to 16,000 ppm of Splenda were administered.

“These findings do not support previous data that sucralose is biologically inert,” reads one of the most revealing elements to the study. “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.”

The team first presented their findings back in 2012 at a conference in London, which prompted The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to downgrade sucralose from its “safe” category to one that advises “caution.” Now that those findings have been published the CSPI has made another move: from “caution” to “avoid.”

The American Heart Association still promotes these artificial sweeteners over real sugar, and the FDA deems them ”safe.”

Head over to Mercola for more information on the dangers of artificial sweeteners, the damage they can cause to your gut bacteria, their neurotoxic potential (that’s the ability to affect your nervous system), how they raise your insulin levels and what they do to your metabolism.

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