Ever since Splenda hit the market over two decades ago, diabetics and anyone wanting to cut down on the calories from sugar have been sprinkling it with abandon!
Add it to your coffee or tea, open a packet over that morning grapefruit, or even bake up a sweet treat with no calories.
But we’re learning more and more how sweet it ISN’T!
The latest findings about Splenda, a.k.a. sucralose, from North Carolina State University researchers have called into question the FDA’s very approval of this artificial sweetener.
Because not only is sucralose not splendid indeed, but based on the evidence that’s been piling up, it’s downright dangerous.
Go to the Splenda website, and the first thing you’ll see is this statement: “Always something new to discover.”
Well, here’s something new, all right: Findings in rat studies show that sucralose DOESN’T innocently pass through the body “unchanged in your stool” as we’ve been led to believe.
Instead, sucralose has been found to create a substance during digestion, one that can be stored in fat and “whose potential health effects we know little or nothing about,” as the lead researcher said.
And this wasn’t some crazy study done with gigantic amounts of artificial sweetener, either.
The North Carolina researchers conducted their experiment using the identical model that the FDA does — one based on “accepted daily intake” – utilizing the very same amounts you could be consuming.
This test, which ran for 40 days, found that sucralose is indeed metabolized — unlike what the manufacturer had originally reported to the FDA. And the substance that was created is said to be “highly lipophilic,” meaning that it’s going to be stored in fatty tissue.
As for exactly what this could mean for your health – or efforts to lose weight – that’s a gigantic question mark.
Or as one of the North Carolina scientists commented, “The long-range effects of sucralose are not understood.”
Such potential adverse effects should be discovered before a food additive is greenlit by the FDA and used by millions… wouldn’t you think?
And Splenda wasn’t approved back in the dark ages of research, either. There were easily available methods of looking for such compounds when the sweetener was submitted to the FDA in the 1990s.
While this is frightening news for anyone who uses sucralose, it’s not the first time we’ve told you how this no-cal disaster can harm your health. Previous research by this same group of scientists found that both sucralose and aspartame can set you up for diabetes.
Other studies have also discovered that this fake sweetener can trigger metabolic syndrome (an umbrella term for ailments that can up your risk of heart disease)… worsen Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases… cause an overgrowth of pathogens (such as E. coli) in your intestines… and may be linked to cancer.
That’s right… cancer.
Over two years ago, we told you about findings from the Ramazzini Institute, the non-profit watchdog group in Italy that discovered how sucralose can cause leukemia and other blood cancers in lab mice.
But not surprisingly, mention of this vital research has never found its way into the mainstream media.
It’s as if studies that cast doubt on the safety of widely advertised products are written in invisible ink!
The bottom line here is that all artificial sweeteners — and I mean all of them, from aspartame to Neotame and acesulfame-K to high-fructose corn syrup – can be devastating to your health, and avoiding them should be one of your top priorities.
Since they’re also dumped into a wide variety of products — ranging from soft drinks to yogurt to vitamins and OTC drugs — you’re going to have to do some serious label-reading to dodge them.
And if you want to sweeten things up, go with the real deals, like raw honey and genuine organic maple syrup, which have been shown to offer actual health benefits.
“Sucralose produces previously unidentified metabolites” North Carolina State University, August 27, 2018, ScienceDaily, sciencedaily.com