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Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Blood Cancers, Weight Gain

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On Mar 16, 2016
Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Blood Cancers, Weight Gain

While the idea of satisfying your sweet tooth without any calories may seem smart, a new study says using artificial sweeteners like Splenda, may lead to serious health issues including a variety of cancers and massive weight gain.

The study, published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, claims mice that consumed sucralose (the active ingredient in artificial sweeteners like Splenda) developed a variety of blood cancers, such as leukemia.

While artificial sweeteners were deemed “safe” back in 2013, by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the organization warns all consumers to stay away from artificial sweeteners altogether in response to the new findings.

What makes these findings even more disturbing, is that the safety studies are typically conducted by the sweetener companies who are usually focused on monetary gain, rather the consumers’ health.

“For most food additives, the safety studies are conducted by the manufacturers who have financial incentives,” says Lisa Lefferts, MSPH, senior scientist at the CSPI.

Besides the huge cancer risk, artificial sweeteners may lead to a 41 percent increase in belly fat, according to the study.

Lefferts and her team of scientists at the CSPI, recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners altogether and using a natural sugar substitute such as stevia extract instead.