(NewsSpace.com) – In a bid to be healthier, many Americans have, over the course of the past few decades, ditched sugar in favor of alternative sweeteners. At the top of the list of substitutes is Splenda, a sucralose-based product. While it underwent more than 100 studies in the late 1990s for FDA approval, a new one is now saying that it could have devastating effects on the body — right down to your DNA.
A new study carried out by researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University and published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health reportedly found that sucralose is “genotoxic.” In other words, it breaks up a person’s DNA. One of the authors of the study, Susan Schiffman, spoke to The Epoch Times, saying “this is not acceptable” and that “if it was presented to the FDA today, they would not approve it.”
The study goes into the six areas where historical versions made claims, including gut microflora, intestinal barrier, metabolism, stability in vivo, bioaccumulation, and biological/toxicological impact. Where the previous reports stated there were no concerning effects in any of these areas, the new study contradicts those results. For example, earlier reports claim there is no impact on the gut microflora and intestinal barrier, yet researchers recently claimed that it not only kills off the good bacteria in the gut, but also causes inflammation of the intestines and could be linked to “colitis-associated colorectal cancer risk.” Shiffman also claims it can contribute to permeation of the gut walls, causing a leaky gut, a condition where molecules leak into the bloodstream instead of being flushed out directly through feces.
There has long been a debate about how much sucralose is too much. According to Schiffman, even one packet of Splenda contains too much of the compound. The World Health Organization has also raised warnings about sucralose. While she hopes regulatory agencies will take action at the very least, Shiffman says, “it needs to be labeled.”
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