Turns out, Splenda is not so splendid afterall.
The synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda) should be a cause of concern in your everyday consumption of products. So many consumers have trusted this product with its deceptive promise of sweetening food and beverages without giving you the added calories. It may be true that it is not adding to your calorie count directly, but it has little by little affected your body functions. While the taste is sweet the contents are unnatural and not good for your body. There are recent studies that show that sucralose has been linked to Migraines. Also there have been adverse reactions to Splenda or sucralose collected by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center which include skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain.
The Proof is in the Powder
A review in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, has been published in order to eliminate the widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this artificial sweetener. Sucralose has become very popular and has been distributed throughout the world and can be found in many products. However, just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is safe to use. Aspartame is a good example. It has been approved in about 90 nations and is now linked to many different health conditions including neural damage.
Sayer Ji, an author wrote that “aspartame’s intense sweetness will cause the release of neurochemicals such as dopamine and pancreatic hormones such as insulin, that latter of which signals the cellular upregulation of glucose intake. If no glucose is available, this could result in hypoglycemia and/or elevated levels of insulin, further stimulating appetite and molecular processes associated with fat-storage. This same effect may help to explain why Splenda (sucrlose) was recently found to have diabetes-promoting properties.”
Splenda as a Caution Item
Recently, the Center for the Public Interest in Science downgraded Splenda from “safe” to “caution,” citing their need to evaluate a forthcoming Italian study linking the artificial sweetener to leukemia in mice as a basis for their decision.
Your body does not contain a natural enzyme to break down Splenda. This means that it is difficult for your body to digest artificial sweeteners like Splenda.
The Sweet News
Nature knows that we love sweetness so Stevia and monk fruit are available in nature for us to have. Stevia is a natural, zero calories sweetener. Each have natural benefits that make the a must have in our diet.
Studies have shown that taking stevioside (one of stevia’s sweet compounds) as a supplement can reduce blood pressure when taken in high doses. Stevioside also appears to improve function of the hormone insulin, helping to lower blood sugar levels. This may be useful for people with type 2 diabetes.
Stevia and monk fruit in general have an awesome record in regards to health and well being with no side effects known. My advice is to toss the old packets of nasty unnatural sweeteners and trade them for something your body will love!