A recent study has found that a chemical found in sucralose can break up DNA, showing that Sucralose-6-acetate, an impurity formed during sucralose production, was found to break up DNA strands and cause other types of genetic damage.

Researchers exposed human blood cells to sucralose in a series of in-vitro experiments. Not only did they check for markers of cell damage and genotoxicity, but they also found that it damages gut tissue. This leads to what they call “leaky gut syndrome,” which is when your gut lining becomes more permeable. Instead of toxins and waste products being filtered out through the kidneys, they instead are absorbed into the bloodstream via the stomach.

The study has raised concerns about the safety of sucralose, which is found in many diet sodas, sugar-free gum, and other products.

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