Still using an artificial sweetener like Splenda? You may want to rethink that choice. Like sugar, but not really, Splenda is a chlorinated, toxic sweetener. It has been approved for use since 1998, but this seemingly harmless substance causes leukemia, weight gain, and even obesity. As evidenced in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, the sweetener also destroys healthy gut flora – an absolute must for a healthy immune system.
Due to the ill effects of this chemical in a packet, the consumer watchdog group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, has downgraded it from ‘safe’ to ‘use with caution’. Some studies are even showing that consumption of artificial sweeteners like Splenda have been linked to ‘higher incidence of leukemia in mice‘. It can also cause gastro-intestinal issues like IBS, migraines, dizziness, depression, and spikes in blood glucose levels.
Finally, as mentioned, Splenda has been shown to alter the gut microflora, leading to a host of diseases and a compromised immune system. A study found that it ‘significantly depressed’ the gut balance in laboratory animals.
Splenda contains 95% dextrose (D-glucose) and maltodextrin. 1.1% is sucralose.
“Maltodextrin is a food additive that is created by taking corn or potato starch, boiling it down and then using acids or enzymes to break the starch down even further, leaving only a white powder. This powder is then used in many packaged foods like granolas, chips, and cereals, often times as filler, but also to create texture.”
Maltodextrin is most often derived from GMO corn. Tapioca maltodextrin is safer, but harder to find and less seldom used by the food industry.
Dextrose is not ‘natural’ sugar. It often comes from GMO corn as well.
“As early as the 1920′s, Dr. Harvey Wiley stated that flooding the stomach with dextrose creates an artificial situation that would require an additional half-dozen pancreases for our body to cope with it. The sugar refining interests influenced Congress so that dextrose (or glucose) was allowed to remain a legal food additive.” ~ Raw Food Explained
The truth is, you should probably give up all artificial sweeteners, including Splenda, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, xylitol, and maltitol, though they are heavily marketed as safe. Why on earth would you use this artificial sweetener at all, when other natural sweeteners are available – some of them with greatly added health benefits – like honey?
Even the company’s website admits it is a chemical contrivance.
“Sucralose (or SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener), the high intensity sweetener used in all SPLENDA® Products is not natural. It is a no calorie sweetener that is made from a process that starts with sugar. Although sucralose has a structure like sugar’s and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural. The advertising and packaging for SPLENDA® Products do not represent the product as ‘natural’.”
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.