Two Artificial Sweeteners in Packaged Drinks Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk, Anything?

Suara.com – Many packaged products, such as soft drinks, and non-packaged contain artificial sweeteners. Some of these types can increase the risk of cancer.

Based on a study published in PLOS Medicine on Thursday (24/3/2022) shows that the risk of developing breast cancer is higher if you consume large amounts of artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and acesulfame-K.

Not only breast cancer, but also cancer linked to obesity, reports The Health Site.

The researchers note that their findings do not support the use of artificial sweeteners as a safe alternative to sugar in foods and beverages.

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Illustration of artificial sweetener (Shutterstock)

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, and the most common are aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium or acesulfame-K., neotame, and saccharin.

This ingredient is used in processed foods because it provides a sweet taste sensation, with fewer calories than refined sugar.

Refined sugar is sugar that has been processed and purified from crystal sugar.

“These findings provide new information for the re-evaluation of food additives by health institutions,” said researcher Charlotte Debras of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research.

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