Thursday, July 31, 2014

Say NO to Artificial Sweeteners

A recent report published by Taylor & Francis Online has shown that sucralose (commercially known as Splenda) has many potentially negative consequences to your health:
  • in rats, sucralose reduced the beneficial probiotics in the gut - probiotics are highly important to your digestive health and even your immune system. See my previous post:  Probiotics
  • sucrolose was also found to be able to alter the DNA and thus increase the frequency of mutation levels in an organism
  • cooking sucralose at high temperatures generates chloropropanols - potentially toxic and carcinogenic compounds
  • high amounts of sucralose caused inflammation of the liver in laboratory animals, this is of concern, since there is evidence that sucralose does accumulate in the human body.

Sources: 
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10937404.2013.842523#tabModule
http://www.examiner.com/article/splenda-is-an-unnatural-sweetener

Neither did Aspartame, another artificial sweetener, emerge with glowing reviews:
  • when dissolved in liquid, one of the components it creates, DKP  has been shown to be a contributor to brain tumors.
  • when taken, aspartame is broken down by the digestion process, and methanol is released. Methanol is  a toxic even in small amounts, and causes blindness if eaten directly. 
Source:
http://www.examiner.com/article/put-down-that-can-of-diet-soda-using-aspartame

I hope this gives you enough motivation to avoid artificial sweeteners and opt for natural, unprocessed or minimally processed sugars such as honey, raw cane sugar, and maple syrup - however in moderation.

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