A new study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health found that long-term consumption of sucralose, the artificial sweetener used in Splenda, caused increased rates of leukemia and other forms of cancer in mice.
In response to the study, nutrition watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest has now formally recommended that the public avoid Splenda and the other artificial sweeteners that they once considered safe.
According to MSN, during the study, mice were given the equivalent of 10 diet sodas a day. But if that sounds like a lot, it doesn’t mean that the affects wouldn’t be the same on a smaller scale. “Even if you consume less, that doesn’t mean there’s no problem,” said Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the CSPI. “When something causes cancer at high doses, it generally causes cancer at lower doses, the risk is just smaller.”
The new study is notable because it was not conducted by any invested party. Often, studies surrounding food products are conducted by those companies to show how safe their product is.
This is, however, only one side of the story. Splenda has since responded to the study’s claims by posting a message on their Facebook page refuting the cancerous claims and calling their products 100% safe.