The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners
Contributor: Amber Goff
Artificial Sweeteners like Splenda use deceptive advertising and holes in FDA policies to deceive the public. Did you know consuming artificial sweeteners can cause distortions in your biochemistry, and if you drink diet soda in an attempt to lose weight, they won’t help you. Instead, most studies looking at this show very clearly that diet soft drinks actually double your obesity risk by stimulating your appetite, increasing carbohydrate cravings, and stimulating fat storage!
Splenda is not a zero calorie product. In every little yellow death pouch (yes I’m dramatic) there are actually 4 calories. Sucralose (Splenda) is about 600 times sweeter than sugar, so if it was sold by itself we would only need a few grains to sweeten our coffee. So they added a bulking/diluting agent made of a type of SUGAR! So each packet really contains 4 calories which may not seem like a big deal if you are using one packet, but I know of plenty of diabetics that are using 10 or more packets a day, and that can have a dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.
What is it doing to our insides?
The animal study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found that Splenda:
Reduced good intestinal bacteria by 50%, Increase pH levels and effected a glycoprtein that could have health effects especially people on certain medications. There are no long-term health studies to evaluate the health effects of chronic exposure to splenda (sucralose) which means your family could be the guinea pigs.
What other symptoms could be associated with the use of this drug?
The studies did show a strong association with migraine headaches in humans. In animals there were decreased red blood cells, increased male infertility, brain lesions (very high doses), Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group, and a 23% death rate in rabbits vs a 6% death rate in the control group.
I’m convinced that splenda is a poison and is not as great as the corporations want you to believe. Do your own research and make your own decisions… its in a lot of things you may have once thought were healthy (breads, sugar chewing gum, children’s OTC medications, health drinks like 5 hour energy, supplements like Airborne and many more). If you want to avoid this for your family make sure to read the labels for Sucralose and/or Splenda. Other artificial sweeteners I also avoid are Aspertame (NutraSweet, Equal) and Saccharine (Sweet’N Low).
Yours in Health,