showed that people who consumed large amounts of artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and acesulfame-K, had a higher overall cancer risk than those who didn’t. Higher risk for breast cancer and obesity-related cancers.
“Our findings do not support the use of artificial sweeteners as safe alternatives to sugar in foods or beverages and provide important and novel information to resolve the controversy. about the possible adverse effects on their health”. Charlotte Debras from the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm).
Debras added that the results are consistent with several experimental in vivo/in vitro studies that have also confirmed a link between cancer and artificial sweeteners.
Researchers from Inserm University and the Sorbonne Paris Nord in France analyzed data from 102,865 French adults.
Participants voluntarily enrolled and self-reported medical history, sociodemographic data, diet, lifestyle, and health. The researchers collected data regarding artificial sweetener intake from 24-hour dietary records.
After collecting cancer diagnostic information during follow-up, the researchers conducted statistical analysis to investigate the link between artificial sweetener intake and cancer risk.
The results suggest that artificial sweeteners, used in many food and beverage brands worldwide, may be a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention.
These findings also provide new information as the European Food Safety Authority and other global health authorities are conducting a re-evaluation of food additive sweeteners.