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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You Eat This Every Day (Maybe 2-3 Times) and It's Known to Trigger Cancer!

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It seems there is no end to products on the market today that can cause cancer. The big challenge is to identify them because many are marketed as being 'safe' or even 'natural.' But that is hardly the case with this product that you may be consuming several times a day. The product is....


Splenda is an artifical sweetener that is marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar. But is it? Research says definitely not. In fact, research shows that Splenda can lead to cancer, specifically leukemia, and can destroy natural gut bacteria that is essential for proper digestion.

The research comes from the Ramazzini Institute in Italy. Although this organization is sometimes at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nevertheless, any cautions that involve the public health are published. The information led The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to put Splenda in a "caution" category, and even later into a category of "avoid."

Why it is dangerous

To simplify it, Splenda is certainly not natural. Chemicals are added to a sugar molecule, creating a chemical reaction that makes it impossible for the body to digest or metabolize it. Some of it remains absorbed into your digestive system and ultimately stored in your body.

Splenda can be found in 4,500 products. PepsiCo replaced aspartame with Splenda in 2015, and the general use of Splenda went from 3 percent to 25 percent between 2000 and 2004. Why? When rumors began to circulate that aspartame was linked to cancer, many switched to Splenda. Although Splenda markets it as "made from sugar so it tastes like sugar," the truth is that what begins as a sugar molecule ends up being a chemical composition.

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