Splenda is a sugar substitute that is widely used in foods, especially in foods targeted at the diet market. Splenda is the brand name for sucralose, which was discovered in 1976. It contains zero calories and is about 600 times sweeter than sugar. While sucralose has FDA approval, it has been a controversial food additive, and there have been no long-range studies of its safety. Both the effects of Splenda and how much is too much are questions that only long-term studies can answer. Reported side effects from Splenda range from diarrhea to migraines to panic-like agitation.
Sucralose was discovered by accident. In 1976, researchers at the British sugar company Tate & Lyle and the University of London’s Queen Elizabeth College were testing chlorinated sugars for another purpose, and a grad student misunderstood an instruction to “test” sucralose as “taste” sucralose. The researchers found that chlorinated sugars were hundreds of times sweeter than sucrose, the technical name for regular table sugar. Those who think Splenda is dangerous point to the fact that the chlorine used to make Splenda is a carcinogen, and that the chemical composition of Splenda is similar to DDT and other dangerous pesticides. Supporters say its composition is almost identical to sugar.
Reported Side Effects
The list of reported side effects from Splenda is long and varied, according to an article by Dr. Betty Martini on Rense.com. Side effects include skin irritation, itching and swelling, bloating, diarrhea, headache, tremors, nausea, abdominal pain, depression, forgetfulness, mood swings and severe anxiety. Writing on the Women to Women website, OB/GYN Marcelle Pick cites an article from the 1991 issue of “New Scientist,” which reported on a short-term study by the manufacturer about rats that consumed large amounts of sucralose. The study by toxicologist Judith Bellin found that the sugar substitute caused shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers and kidney disorders in rodents.
A study conducted at Duke University and published in the “Journal of Toxicology of Environmental Health” in 2008, found that sucralose decreased good bacteria in the gut. The decrease in bacteria was deemed significant. The absence of good bacteria can lead to malabsorption, an illness that affects the digestive system’s ability to filter nutrients properly. The study also found that sucralose reduced the effectiveness of other drugs that study subjects were taking.
Because of the uncertainties surrounding Splenda and other artificial sweeteners, MayoClinic.com cautions you to use them in moderation. Until long-term human studies are conducted, the effects of excessive consumption of Splenda — or even how much is excessive — will remain in question. Meanwhile, although Splenda has been approved in around 40 countries, some European countries have withheld their approval, and there are organizations in America that are lobbying the FDA to take another look at the sugar substitute
Why Sugar Is Better
Just for a definition, by sugar, I mean any type of caloric sweetener, such as cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, etc.
Over millions of years of evolution, one thing the human body has figured out is how to handle incoming nutrients. Through the actions of insulin, it either uses or stores incoming glucose for future use, either as muscle or liver glycogen or as fat. What I’m getting at is that the body knows what to do with the sugar you’re feeding it.
Of course, it can’t handle the high quantities of sugar that most people are shoveling in, but at least it has a mechanism for dealing with what is going in when handling sugar. It doesn’t matter if that incoming sugar is in the form of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, or agave nectar…the body knows that it is sugar and breaks it down accordingly.
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- American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal: The Potential Toxicity of Artificial Sweeteners
- Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Splenda Alters Gut Microflora and Increases Intestinal P-Glycoprotein and Cytochrome P-450 in Male Rats
- Gene: CYP3A4 Cytochrome P450, Family 3, Subfamily A, Polypeptide 4 (Homo Sapiens)
- Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine: Preliminary Study on Intestinal Flora in Diarrhea Type Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Pi-wei Dampness-heat Syndrome
- Preventive Medicine: Manipulation of Fecal pH by Dietary Means