Dampening effect of artificial sweetener on immune response could help treat autoimmune disease: Study

Updated: Mar 17 2023 5:14PM

New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) The dampening effect of sucralose, a common artificial sweetener used in drinks and food, on the activity of mice's immune system's T-cells could be leveraged to mitigate over-active T-cells in autoimmune disease in humans, according to a new study.

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, UK, have found that mice fed high doses of sucralose were less able to activate T-cells - an important component of the immune system - in response to cancer or infection.

No effect was seen on other types of immune cells, they said.