Friday, June 9, 2023

Do artificial sweeteners damage our DNA?

 According to multiple sources, a chemical compound produced through the digestion of a common artificial sweetener called sucralose can cause damage to DNA

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 Sucralose is a zero-calorie sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and it is widely used in products like diet soda and chewing gum
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 The chemical compound produced when sucralose is broken down in the gut is called sucralose-6-acetate, which can be found in small amounts in commercial sucralose products and can also be produced in the manufacture of sucralose
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 Researchers from North Carolina State University conducted a study on human blood cells and gut wall tissue and found that sucralose-6-acetate is genotoxic, meaning it can cause DNA damage
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 The study raises concerns about the safety and regulatory status of sucralose, and researchers are calling for food standard agencies to review its safety
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 However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential health risks associated with consuming artificial sweeteners like sucralose. When choosing sugar substitutes, stevia or monk fruit may be considered healthier options
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