Why Splenda is Worse for You than Sugar

 

Do you know any diet soda drinkers?

At the University of California-San Diego, researchers performed functional MRI scans as volunteers took small sips of water sweetened with sugar or sucralose (Sucralose is another name for Splenda). Sugar activated regions of the brain involved in food reward, while sucralose didn’t. The authors of the study say, it is possible that sucralose “may not fully satisfy a desire for natural caloric sweet ingestion.” So, while sugar signals a positive feeling of reward, artificial sweeteners may not be an effective way to manage a craving for sweets.

Virtually all the popular, non-caloric sweeteners have one thing in common-they’re significantly sweeter than sugar. Now logically, you’d think all that sweetness would enable you to use less or eat a smaller amount of an artificially sweetened product.
These super-sweeteners seem to have the opposite effect, in part by flooding your taste buds with sweet, dulling them to the taste, pushing your sweetness threshold ever higher, while never actually satisfying the craving.

In addition to this, the synthetic chemical in the artificial sweetener “sucralose” also known as “Splenda” has been proven in tests to have these adverse health effects:
· Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage)
· Enlarged liver and kidneys.
· Abnormal changes in spleen and thymus
· Increased cecal weight (a pouch connected to the junction of the small and       large intestines)
· Reduced growth rate
· DNA Damage
· Adverse changes to gastrointestinal bacteria
· Abnormal Pelvic Mineralization
· Decreased red blood cell count
· Enlargement of the pelvis
· Aborted pregnancy (Maternal & Fetal Toxicity)
· Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights
· Bowel inflammation/Crohn’s Disease
· Triggering migraine
· Increase glycosylation of hemoglobin (HbA1c) for diabetics
There are good, natural alternatives to artificial sweeteners on the market. Next time your sweet tooth calls, try substituting stevia, raw honey, dates, maple syrup, coconut syrup, or monk fruit. Remember that sugar is a treat for special occasions and should be used sparingly.

Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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