According to all the commercials and advertisements for sucralose (Splenda), which is not only an artificial sweetener you can buy to put in your beverages and use in baking, but one that is now an ingredient in many “diet” foods, it is totally safe and just passes through your body, unmetabolized. So it has absolutely no effect on your health or your body. But is that really true? When it was first introduced, the FDA supposedly reviewed over 100 animal and human safety studies, but of these studies, only six were done on humans, and the longest one lasted just four days. So long term safety was never studied.
As is the case with many of these “wonder foods,” questions have arisen as to safety. Most concerning is recent research that reveals that not only is sucralose metabolized by your body, but it also accumulates in your fat cells. As if that wasn’t alarming enough, it has also been found to reduce beneficial gut bacteria by 50% and increase intestinal pH levels.
This should concern us because for those who do use these little yellow packets, you are destroying your microbiome – the good bacteria in your gut – which not only impact digestion but are critical in immune and brain health as well.
If that wasn’t enough, studies have also linked intake of sucralose to an up to 40% decrease in thymus gland size (a gland associated with immune function), liver and kidney enlargement, migraines and DNA damage.
The bottom line is that this is not safe for human consumption. So if this is a regular sweetener for you, perhaps you should consider replacing it with a safer option. I wrote about sucralose and other artificial sweeteners and some healthier options in a previous No-Nonsense Nutrition Report.
What sweeteners do you routinely use?
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