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Fact vs Fiction: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Causes Cancer

FACT VS. FICTION: Does SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Cause Cancer?

February 18, 2014

We all want to do the best for our families and ourselves when it comes to eating healthy foods and an overall healthful diet. Who wouldn’t? “Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, choose lean meats and low-fat dairy products, and reduce sugar intake” is the mantra food and nutrition professionals have been touting for years. But some health advice may be more fiction than fact when it comes to what’s “healthy” for us and our family.

One Internet-driven myth that has been circulating recently is that sucralose causes cancer. SPLENDA® Brand Sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. In case you’ve read or heard this claim somewhere, I want to arm you with the facts, including links to experts that you can rely on for the scientific truth.

SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener & Cancer Facts:

Fact #1
Sucralose has been found to be non-carcinogenic (non-cancerous) in studies designed specifically to assess cancer-causing potential. At extremely high doses, sucralose did not cause cancer or promote the development or onset of cancer. Using rigorous international standards,  repeated, independent, and critical review of these studies by public health and safety experts has resulted in the unanimous conclusion that sucralose is safe and non-carcinogenic.

Fact #2
Worldwide authorities, including the Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, have reviewed these studies and confirmed that the results show no link between sucralose and any form of cancer.  

Fact #3
National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of many highly respected scientific organizations, has reviewed  the available science and is definitive about its position on sucralose not being associated with cancer or any other health threat:

"Sucralose was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. Before approving sucralose, the FDA reviewed more than 100 safety studies that were conducted, including studies to assess cancer risk. The results of these studies showed no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health."

The full statement from NCI is here.

Fact #4
Likewise, a recent report from the American Cancer Society, “American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention,” states:

"Do non-nutritive sweeteners or sugar substitutes cause cancer? There is no proof that these sweeteners, at the levels consumed in human diets, cause cancer. Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are a few of the non-nutritive sweeteners approved for use by the FDA. Current evidence does not show a link between these compounds and increased cancer risk…" [emphasis added]

The full statement from the American Cancer Society is here

I urge you to visit all of the sources provided above (via links to the original documents) to read about the facts for yourself. Be your own myth-buster and be sure to share this information with those who are less informed on this topic.

I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog With Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

February 18, 2014  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Debunk the Junk Science, Sugar Substitutes


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