The Washington Post story of a study on which cancer patients were given an artificial sweetener called Splenda is worth reading.
The paper’s science reporter, Jonathan Gold, explains how the findings have implications for how Americans and other countries think about the use of artificial sweeteners.
This is a critical issue, Gold writes, because artificial sweetening is not safe for humans, but it is safe for animals.
It’s been used as a cancer treatment for over 40 years, Gold says, and it’s been shown to be safe for other animals, including monkeys, cats, pigs, cows, pigs and chickens.
But the study that caused such concern has a significant problem: It was funded by the chemical company that makes Splenda, Syngenta.
I think the report itself is a disaster, Gold said.
This is a study about the cancer risk of Splenda that was funded and approved by Syngentas corporate parent company, BASF.
Syngenta, it seems, is not concerned about the scientific validity of its research.
In fact, it says it has no plans to pursue this kind of research at all, according to Gold.
This article was first published at The Washington Post.