Nutrition: More Reasons to Avoid Sucralose

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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8 Responses to Nutrition: More Reasons to Avoid Sucralose

  1. Holly Scherer says:

    This is so infuriating. Not just this product but ALL of the products on our shelves that we assume are safe . Or worse, are marketed to us as safe.

    I used to be a big fan of these little yellow packets. Growing up on the standard American diet, I became accustomed to having sweet in everything. I believed this was a healthier option. Over time I cut out this and all other processed food, but worry about the damage that’s been done. It’s so scary.

    We use real sugar, honey and maple syrup to sweeten things. But other than baked goods, I leave it out of most recipes. It’s amazing how sweet real foods like apples and almonds taste when when you don’t eat sweetened foods.

    • amusico says:

      Agreed Holly and I just wish more people would become infuriated enough to do what you and I have done and stop using these poisons. It all begins with knowledge and that is why I share these things. They’re definitely not fun for me to write but I feel like if just one person who didn’t know about this is encouraged to make a change, it is worth it.

      • Holly Scherer says:

        You’re definitely succeeding there Ann. For some reason, we don’t hear the messages we need to hear until we’re ready. So keep putting the word out there.

      • amusico says:

        Thank you for your continued support and encouragement, Holly.

  2. Lori Yaw says:

    My understanding is the this was a kind of plastic in reality…heated up cooled down etc… I find those labels sugar-free so misleading and have learned that it really means splenda in it. Thank you Ann!!

  3. Saguren says:

    Thank you for this! I learned a lot. Just shows how ‘low calorie’ could be worse than standard options regarding other products. I wonder which everyday items contain sucralose to lower the sugar count to lure the health conscious buyer?

    • amusico says:

      I’m glad you found the information helpful. If you look at the label it will either say, Splenda or sucralose and of course I would also avoid anything with aspartame/Nutrasweet as well. I have found you even need to look at the ingredients in some supplements, particularly powdered ones, and protein powders, which can be sweetened with these dangerous sweeteners.

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