Is Splenda safe?
The artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may be detrimental to your health, according to new research from the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy. The study found that Splenda (sucralose) may be associated with an increased risk of leukemia, which led the food additive to be downgraded from "safe" to "caution," by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Splenda's classification as "caution" joins other chemicals of concern--saccharin is rated "avoid," aspartame is rated "avoid," acesulfame potassium as "avoid" and rebiana as "safe."
The research team fed 843 lab mice varying doses of the sweetener from when they were fetuses until they died. Post-mortem analysis showed a link between leukemia risk and lifetime consumption of the chemical, reflecting that the more the mice consumed, the higher the risk of leukemia.
The researchers recommended that children and pregnant mother should avoid consuming any artificial sweeteners due to the potential health concerns, at least until further studies clearly show there is no cancer risk.
Despite its concerns, the Center for Science in the Public Interest still believes people are better off drinking diet soda than regular sugar-sweetened soda.