As more and more doctors recommend that we cut sugar out our diets, due to the rapidly growing problem of type 2 diabetes and obesity which appears to be turning into a worldwide epidemic, there’s a rising demand for reduced calorie foods and beverages. Originally hitting the market in the United States as early as the 1970’s, Splenda (sucralose) was at one time one of the country’s most popular artificial sweeteners. Americans in particular blindly turned to (and continue to turn to) sugar substitutes like Splenda to feed their cravings for sweets and their favorite carbonated beverages. Unfortunately (or fortunately since it concerns your health), over the last few years, a lot of these very same doctors have come out against sugar alternatives like Splenda, saying that they come with their own set of potentially hazardous health risks.
So, is Splenda Safe or Not?
According to recent studies and a growing segment of the medical industry, the Splenda craze is taking a toll on the American people in particular. Unfortunately, the artificial sweetener has been marketed as a healthy alternative to regular sugar, but it’s actually one of the most harmful forms of artificial sweetener. Sucralose is in just about every diet product these days as a sugar alternative, used freely in bakery items, diet sodas, chewing gum, fruit juices, and other products that dieter’s turn to in the hopes of not having to give up their favorite high calorie, high sugar comfort foods. Splenda has about the same consequences on the body as aspartame, another artificial sweetener, and is more chlorinated as well.
Even though Splenda is calorie free, if used regularly, you’ll be putting yourself at even greater risk of packing on the pounds than if you simply used sugar. Why? Because when you use sucralose (Splenda), you trick your body because it recognizes that Splenda is calorie free so it doesn’t heat up enough to burn calories. As a result, your appetite won’t be appeased and you’ll end up overeating to compensate. Bottom-line, over time, using Splenda will cause you to gain weight.
The nonprofit watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), actually downgraded its safety rating of Splenda (sucralose) from safe to use with caution, indicating that the sugar alternative might pose a risk and needs further testing. This change in safety rating was based on a study from Italian researchers who found that sucralose triggered leukemia in mice. The CSPI highly recommends that people avoid artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame potassium and sucralose because they need to be better understood before they can be assumed to be safe.
Because we know that consuming too much sugar simply isn’t good for us, countless people all over the world have turned to Splenda. Splenda is commonly found in a broad range of food and beverages, including diabetic foods, soft drinks, desserts, milkshakes, added to our daily coffee, tea and creamers, and is even found in medications. It’s actually kind of scary how artificial sweeteners have taken over the “health” and weight loss industries. If you are trying to break a sugar habit, instead of turning to sugar alternatives such as Splenda, consider using natural alternatives like stevia or better yet, consult with your health care professional about the ways to just eliminate sugar (and artificial sweeteners) from your diet. You can also do your own experiment and cut both out of your diet for a day or two and see how you feel. Most people who try this experiment are amazed by how much better they feel.