“Artificial Sweeteners Raise Cautions”
Globally, hundreds of millions of people consume daily artificial sweeteners, which are found in a wide variety of foods and drinks, including soft drinks, cakes and foods for diabetics, as well as medicines. Obesity, which started in the 70’s in Europe and the U.S., is leading to increasing demands for reduced-calorie foods and drinks. But, the expansion of the artificial sweetener market has also led to rising concerns amongst consumers in terms of safety and potential long-term health effects, especially with regard to the potential cancer risks. A report in April of 2012 found mice have a higher risk of developing cancer after eating the popular British-made low-calorie artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose). An earlier study on approximately 3,000 rodents, that were fed with aspartame, the most commonly used artificial sweetener, had a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer (liver and lung in male mice).
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