Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer - A Problem!Today, rather than using natural sugars, man has found so many sugar substitutes. In a recent study, adults, who were attempting to live healthy by cutting out sugars and substituting artificial sweeteners, were followed for approximately 7.8 years. They were found to have a 13% higher risk of developing cancer compared with those who did not use sweeteners. Are all sweeteners equally bad? Specifics of this study in France found aspartame and acesulfame potassium (‘Ace K’) especially were the two culprits that seemed to drive this overall cancer risk. Both are used in the US and approved by FDA with the caveat that no direct evidence has been found that they are cancer-causing.

In this study, artificial sweeteners were associated with an increase (13%) in obesity-related cancers including colorectal, stomach, liver, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophageal, ovarian, endometrial, and prostate cancers.*

Also noted was breast cancer increase has opposite associations, pre-and post-menopause women. Aspartame especially and sadly alone was linked with a 15% higher risk for obesity-related cancers and a 22% higher risk for developing breast cancer.*

These findings are no surprise to those who have read previous research findings. We are all guilty of ingesting artificial sweeteners, thinking they are a safe alternative to sugar. They are not! Here is yet another study showing a negative impact on our health.

‘Ace K’ is found in many everyday products from lip glosses to toothpaste. Also have a look at ingredients when buying frozen desserts, candies, beverages, and baked goods. THINK AS YOU READ LABELS. I have suggested this before, just because it is on a shelf and available does not equate with the item being good for you.