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Sucralose (Splenda): 4 Health Risks

Mar 3, 2010

As more and more doctors have recommended that we cut sugar out our diet, Americans have turned to sugar alternatives like Splenda to get their sugar fix. However, over the course of the last few years, many of these same doctors have come out against products like Splenda and said that they have their own set of health risks. While using Splenda in moderation may not be detrimental to your health, you could face some serious health risks if you use it all the time. Here are 4 health risks associated with using Splenda:

1. Splenda Can Cause Weight Gain

Splenda is advertised as a substitute for sugar that can actually help you lose weight, because it doesn't contain any calories. In reality, Splenda may actually cause you to gain calories. Every time you eat or drink something that includes sugar, your body recognizes the calories and heats up in order to begin burning them. When you eat or drink something that includes Splenda, your body doesn't recognize the calories in it (because there are none!) and, thus, it doesn't heat up or begin to burn any calories. You may cause yourself to overeat in an attempt to feel full. In the long run, this can actually cause you to gain weight.

2. Splenda Contains Chlorine

Though chlorine is present in nature, it's not something that you probably want to put into your body. Splenda is manufactured by using chlorine. Only about 15 percent of Splenda ends up getting absorbed by your body, but when a portion of it is made up of chlorine, there's a good chance that you're absorbing small traces of chlorine into your system. Over time, these small traces can add up. Recently, some studies have even shown that Splenda can cause stomach ulcers in some people.

3. Your Body Doesn't Digest Splenda as Well as Sugar

Your body is built to digest natural sugars in about 24 hours. When it comes to Splenda and other artificial sweeteners, your body is not built to digest them quite as easily. You can have Splenda in your system for up to four days, simply because your body can't digest it properly. If you use Splenda regularly, you can imagine the strain that this can put on your digestive system.

4. Splenda May Still Cause Diabetes

Though manufacturers of Splenda may say that you can't get diabetes as a result of using sweeteners, the truth is that, over time, your body may react to too much Splenda the same way it reacts to too much sugar. Because it can cause you to gain weight and diabetes is a side effect of obesity, you may be helping increase your chances of getting diabetes by using Splenda.

These are just a few of the harmful health risks of Splenda. Try to moderate your usage to protect yourself. Stay tuned as more studies on Splenda and other artificial sweeteners emerge in order to find out whether it's really the best choice for you.

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