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Source: FOX 13 WTVT

New research shows the main ingredient in the artificial sweetener Splenda, called sucralose, has been linked to leukemia. 

Italian researchers published their findings in the January edition of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 

The study found “significant dose-related increased indicence of males bearing malignant tumors” and a “significant dose-related increased incidence of hematopoietic neoplasias in males” after being fed high amounts of sucralose for their lifespan.

Researchers pointed out similar studies conducted on behalf of Splenda’s manufacturer did not show the same carcinogenic effects. 

The study’s findings, according to the researchers, “do not support previous data” that sucralose is harmless.

“More studies are necessary to show the safety of sucralose, including new and more adequate carcinogenic bioassay on rats. Considering that millions of people are likely exposed, follow-up studies are urgent.”

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