Study Shows Artificial Sweeteners Contaminate Water

June 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The next time you drink a glass of water from your tap, you may also be ingesting several types of artificial sweeteners that linger in drinking water, even after advanced water treatment methods.

The artificial sweeteners may also pollute our streams and rivers, entering the food chain, leaving scientists to wonder what long-term effects the chemicals may have on wildlife.

A team of scientists from the Water Technology Center in Karlsruhe, Germany analyzed water samples, using a new methodology that specifically extracts and analyzes seven commonly used artificial sweeteners.

The scientists searched for the existence of cyclamate, acesulfame, saccharin, aspartame, neotame, neohesperidin dihydrochalcone and sucralose.

The scientists collected samples from two sewage treatment plants and a soil aquifer treatment facility. In all cases, traces of the artificial sweeteners remained in the water after treatment. Four out of seven sweeteners were detected, acesulfame, saccharin, cyclamate, and sucralose.

Artificial sweeteners are everywhere. They are added to a variety of food, drinks, drugs and hygiene products.

The results of this study have implications for possible health risks from the consumption of artificial sweeteners over a long period.

The FDA approved certain artificial sweeteners as safe, based on recommended levels of daily consumption.

Saccharin has been linked to bladder cancer, but not conclusively proven and some studies have linked Aspartame to certain cancers as well.

The full study is available in Springer’s journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

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