We all know that sugar can be bad for your health, but there is an epidemic of greater proportions which is sweetening food with much greater health risks: sucralose.
This synthetic compound, marketed in the United States as Splenda, was discovered in 1978 by scientists researching the industrial uses for sucrose and was never intended for consumption. Once it was discovered to have an intense sweet taste with no caloric count, manufacturing companies jumped on the profit potential.
Putting profits before health.
Similar to aspartame, sucralose’s popularity is no indication of its safety. Although approved for use in over 90 countries, aspartame is also a synthetically produced sweetener, which has been linked to major health conditions like brain damage and cancer and is luckily more widely considered bad for you.
Unfortunately, many still mistake low calorie count for healthy food. This false ideal positions artificial additives like Splenda as excellent tools for staying healthy and managing one’s weight.
America’s weight centric health practices are extremely dangerous and as a result, the abundance of products which use sucralose to appeal to consumers is ever growing.
The Center for Public Interest in Science recently downgraded Splenda from “safe” to “caution” based on a forthcoming study linking the artificial sweetener to leukemia in mice. Another human study revealed Splenda can actually encourage blood sugar disorders, which is extremely alarming considering its own claims to reduce diabetic symptoms.
Apart from its common use as a sweet additive in popular beverages, Splenda has marketed itself as a healthy substitute for sugar in baking, which a new study shows actually produces highly toxic chlorinated compounds like dioxins.
Conventionally considered heat stable, a number of independent reports have proven the instability of the synthetic compound in sucralose, finding it undergoes extreme degradation when heated and will produce well known toxins.
Remember the slogan “made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar”?
There is a reason Splenda no longer uses it. The company which makes Equal, a rival manufacturer in the artificial sweetener game, accused Splenda in 2007 of falsely advertising their product as natural and therefore healthy.
And yet so many Americans continue to believe Splenda is safe.
Even more alarming is research that suggests this chemical additive can have lasting impacts on the environment. Although it dissolves easily in liquid, sucralose can survive water purification treatments and is accumulating in large concentrations in our water system.
If you consider the acceptable daily intake as recommended by our trusted friends at the FDA, how are we to know what levels of this toxin we have pumping through our bodies. They claim an ADI of sucralose is 5mg per day which new research suggests is nearly 100 times too high to ensure safety.
To think that we are unwillingly ingesting this chemical without choice is truly unnerving.
Instead of reaching for the package of synthetic sugar, check out this list of all natural sweeteners that are actually good for you!