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Yet another study has linked artificial sweeteners to unwanted and dangerous side effects. Watchdog nutrition group Center for Science in the Public Interest has published a study linking daily sucralose consumption with increased risk of leukemia.
Sucralose, more commonly known by its brand name Splenda, is considered a safe additive by the FDA, but this study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health shows that consuming large quantities of the artificial sugar has serious health risks.
It should be noted that the mice in this experiment consumed the human equivalent of 10 diet sodas per day, which is astronomically more than the average Diet Coke habit and that these findings are the result of a singular study as opposed to scientific consensus. A majority of the Splenda-consuming mice in the experiment developed cancerous tumors, particular leukemia, by the end of their short lives, according to NBC News.
As a result of the study, CSPI urges everyone to stop consuming artificial sweeteners, and instead — when reaching for a diet soda or a regular soda — to opt for water instead.
Which sweeteners can we use? CSPI says the more natural, the better: Think raw honey or real maple syrup.