What Are the Long-Term Health Risks of Sucralose?


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As of January 2015, there have been no long-term studies done on humans to determine the health risks of sucralose consumption. The lack of such studies also means that very little is known about the digestion and absorption of sucralose in the body, according to Betty Kovacs, R.D., writing for MedicineNet.com.

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Sucralose is created when sugar is treated with a number of chemicals, including chlorine. It is the chlorine, a carcinogen, that is thought to be the most dangerous additive in sucralose, explains Ms. Kovacs. Symptoms associated with sucralose consumption include diarrhea, nausea, skin irritation, wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pain, palpitations, anxiety, anger, mood swings, depression and itchy eyes.

While there have been no studies on humans, there have been animal tests. Dr. Morando Soffritti and his team at the Ramazzini Institute in Italy experimented with laboratory mice, feeding them varying doses of sucralose from the fetus stage until death, reports Medical News Today. Postmortem examinations led the researchers to claim an association between leukemia risk and a lifetime of sucralose consumption. Susan S. Schiffman, Ph.D., also conducted a study on animals that suggests sucralose reduces healthy gut bacteria, interferes with the absorption of drugs, and may alter insulin response and blood sugar levels, according to Prevention.

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