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Splenda damages your DNA and causes leaky gut

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Splenda, one of the world’s most popular artificial sweeteners, can cause a leaky gut and damages DNA, which raises the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer.  The researchers who made the discovery say people should stop consuming Splenda immediately.  

Splenda is the marketing name of sucralose and is found in packaged and processed food and drinks, chewing gum and frozen dairy desserts.  Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than table sugar.

America’s health agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), maintains that sucralose is safe, but researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered it causes DNA to break apart, which raises the risk of chronic diseases, and damages the lining of the intestines, causing leaky gut syndrome.

“I encourage people to avoid products containing sucralose.  It’s something you should not be eating,” said lead researcher Susan Schiffman.  Even one sucralose-sweetened drink exceeds the safety levels that need to be met to prevent DNA damage.

They also want regulators to tighten the levels of sucralose that are allowed in food and drink, especially in the US which has far lower safety limits than Europe.

The researchers made their discoveries after they exposed blood cells and gut tissue to sucralose-6-acetate, the substance we produce after we consume sucralose.  Sucralose-6-acetate is genotoxic—which means it damages our DNA—and it increases inflammation, oxidative stress and cancer.  

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J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev, 2023; doi: 10.1080/10937404.2023.2213903
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