New Study Links Sucralose to Leukemia

"New Study Links Sucralose to Leukemia "

A team of Italian researchers discovered that high doses of Sucralose can up the risk of leukemia in male patients.

BEACON TRANSCRIPT – An ongoing research project points out that artificial sweeteners like Sucralose can cause leukemia if consumed in high quantities. The new study, performed by a team of Italian researchers proves that Splenda’s sponsored studies on the artificial sweetener failed to show that the product is actually dangerous to consumers.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener used in approximately 4500 products. Substances such as Sucralose are also called sugar substitutes, mostly being used by persons who either have high blood sugar or if they suffer from either one of the two forms of diabetes.

While most consider that products similar to Sucralose are safe to consume, there are studies, such as this one, which show that artificial sweeteners are in fact bad for our health.

According to this new study, performed by a team of Italian scientists from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Sucralose, a very popular product, can increase the chance of developing leukemia or malignant tumors.

The study, which was recently published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, shows that consumed in high doses, Sucralose can lead to hematopoietic neoplasia in male patients. Moreover, the same artificial sweetener can also up the risk for male patients to develop cancerous tumors.

Furthermore, throughout their study, the team of Italian scientists managed to unveil yet another aspect of Sucralose. As their project states, this is not the first study of its kind.

In fact, there were many scientific projects, some of them sponsored by Splenda, whose mandate was to ascertain whether the product was safe for use or not.

Naturally, all the prior papers labeled Sucralose safe for use, meaning that the artificial sweetener does not cause any health issues.

However, the team of Italian scientists managed to point out that the product is indeed hazardous and that more research is required to see if the product should be pulled out of the market or not.

Sucralose occurs when sugar, also known as sucrose, reacts with another substance called chlorine. The result is an artificial sweetener called Sucralose, which, according to the team, is 600 times sweeter than regular sugar.

As far as the FDA is concerned, small children, with ages between 2 and 6-years old can consume no more than 5mg of sucralose per day. This means that a 6-year old child, weighing an average of 45 pounds is allowed to drink no more than three cans of soda per day, amassing 40 to 60 mg of sucralose.

In conclusion, the Italian team declared that more research is needed to determine if the products are safe or not.

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