Sucralose Myth: Cancer

Myth: Sucralose has been linked to cancer.

Fact: No, sucralose does not cause cancer. Leading regulatory and health agencies have extensively reviewed the scientific literature on sucralose and concluded that it is not associated with negative health effects, including cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, “Sucralose (Splenda®) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. Before approving sucralose, the FDA viewed more than 100 safety studies that were conducted, including studies to assess cancer risk. The results of these studies showed no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health.”

The American Cancer Society has stated, “There is no proof that these sweeteners [sucralose], at levels consumed in human diets, cause cancer. Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are a few of the non-nutritive sweeteners approved for use by the FDA. Current evidence does not show a link between these compounds and increased cancer risk.”

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