What Are the Dangers of Splenda or Sucralose?


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Sucralose (also known by the brand name Splenda) has not been shown to have any risks involved with human consumption. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that no legitimate studies have shown negative consequences from its use even at the highest levels of intake.

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According to Snopes.com, non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) have been the victims of multiple attempts to call their safety into question and sucralose is one of the more recent victims of this trend. Opponents of artificial sweeteners have referenced many studies that indicate risks, but these studies have been either discounted or misrepresented to meet the bias of these detractors. The same study on food and chemical toxicology that is quoted by challengers of sucralose safety is the study that the NIH references to expound the very opposite.

The National Cancer Institute agrees with the NIH's findings and indicates that there is no evidence of any link between the sweetener and cancer either. While no legitimate studies have found any risks associated with sucralose consumption, Medline Plus indicates more research may be necessary to ensure that they are entirely safe. While agreeing that no studies yet indicate dangers from sucralose, it states that more studies may be necessary to show the effects over time of it and other sweeteners.

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