A new study has found that consuming a widely available artificial sweetener produces a chemical that is damaging to DNA. The findings raise concerns about whether the sweetener is a contributing factor to a number of health problems
The artificial sweetener in question is sucralose, sold under the brand name Splenda. Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar and can be found in many baked goods, soda, chewing gum, gelatins, and frozen dairy desserts. A 2020 study showed that Splenda was easily Americans’ most preferred sugar substitute, with 51.4% of the population using it. The next popular was Sweet’N Low, which contains saccharin, at 25%.