Everyone’s always telling me to beware of whatever they don’t want me to eat at any given moment due to “associations with cancer”. Well I’m sick of hearing about that stuff, everything gives you cancer as far as I’m concerned!
So it’s with a certain surprise that I bring you findings that were published in Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal of an artificial sweetener that we can be assured isn’t associated with cancer. The sweetener is called sucralose. It’s a calorie-free artificial sweetener that’s used as a sugar substitute. You’re most likely going to find it in the common sweetener Splenda. Other places you’ll find it is in certain diet sodas and protein powders.
“This latest review of sucralose studies should reassure those who choose sucralose, and can be particularly useful to scientists and healthcare professionals, who may be asked for information on low calorie sweetener safety,” says lead author of the study, Professor Dr. Sir Colin Berry, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the University of London.
Sucralose does not demonstrate carcinogenic activity even when exposure levels are several orders of magnitude greater than the range of anticipated daily ingestion levels.
The study concludes that “sucralose does not demonstrate carcinogenic activity even when exposure levels are several orders of magnitude greater than the range of anticipated daily ingestion levels.”
“Concerns are raised from time to time on what components of our lifestyle affect the rates of cancer,” continues Sir Berry. “Smoking and sunlight are on all our lists and obesity is beginning to be recognised as a major factor. So low calorie sweeteners, which are important to many in managing their weight, need to be examined carefully in terms of lifetime use.”
“Long-term carcinogenicity studies in animal models provide no evidence of carcinogenic potential for sucralose. In studies in healthy adults, sucralose was well-tolerated and without evidence of toxicity or other changes that might suggest a potential for carcinogenic effects.”
Health and regulatory authorities are regularly bombarded with questions regarding the safety of sucralose, so this study comes as a welcome reprieve on the subject.