“Chemical in common sweetener linked to DNA damage and cancer, new study finds”

Artificial sweeteners have been under scrutiny for quite some time now and a new study from North Carolina has just added to the controversy. The study discovered a chemical in common artificial sweeteners that can cause cancer by damaging DNA. Researchers from North Carolina State University found that sucralose, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, produced toxic byproducts when it was heated and consumed. These toxic byproducts then led to DNA damage and could also cause cancer.

According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Abigail C. Jacobs, this is the first study to show that consuming sucralose results in significant DNA damage. “Our study shows that sucralose is not a safe alternative to sugar, and that it should be avoided at all costs,” Jacobs said.

The study’s findings have been published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. It has prompted calls for increased regulation of artificial sweeteners and for more research into the long-term effects of their consumption. The researchers also called for more transparency from food manufacturers and for clearer labeling of artificial sweeteners.

Several other studies have also linked artificial sweeteners to various health problems, from weight gain to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Despite these concerns, artificial sweeteners remain popular, as they are often marketed as a healthier alternative to sugar.

As the debate over the safety of artificial sweeteners rages on, the food industry will need to address these concerns and find healthier alternatives for consumers. Until then, it is up to consumers to be well-informed and make the best possible decisions when it comes to their health.