The Center for Science in the Public Interest said yesterday (June 12th) that the artificial sweetener sucralose, which is sold under the brand name Splenda, could potentially have health risks and needs to be better understood before it's assumed to be safe.

The nonprofit watchdog group said it was downgrading its sucralose safety rating from "safe" to "caution." T

he change was spurred by a recent study from Italian researchers that found that sucralose caused leukemia in mice, although the study still needs to be reviewed by other scientists to determine whether the findings are credible.

The CSPI already recommends that people avoid saccharin, which is found in Sweet 'N Low, aspartame, which is in NutraSweet and Equal, and acesulfame potassium, found in Sunett and Sweet One.

More From 99.9 KEKB - Grand Junction's Favorite Country