Sucralose: The Not-So-Sweet Issues Around This Artificial Sweetener

Sucralose: The Not-So-Sweet Issues Around This Artificial Sweetener

Pur Nutrition wants to help people connect the dots about some of the ingredients used in most proteins as well as in the majority of packaged and processed foods. We want everyone to be able to make a more informed decision about what’s being put in nutrition products — and therefore, what you’re putting in you.  In this piece, we’re looking at Sucralose, the “miracle” artificial sweetener.

Fact: The reason there is so much obfuscation around artificial sweeteners like Sucralose is because there has been such limited testing on humans, which limits information that is vital to your health.

There is a growing list of symptoms and side effects from Sucralose that you’ve probably heard about — the major ones being digestive and intestinal problems, as well as hindering the absorption of important nutrients like protein as well as some medications.

Human studies around artificial sweeteners tend to be too small and too short. Animal testing is not definitive in proving that the bad side effects revealed by those studies happen in humans. And yet, humans, in abundance, are experiencing these symptoms.

Manufacturers of artificial sweeteners have lobbyists working the FDA to secure “safety” approval. They are also working to counter challenges from testing that indicates health problems. In depth information revealing harmful consequences of food additives would obviously hurt sales. 

We’re all aware of additives that were rushed to market, approved as safe by the FDA, only to be pulled years later when the long-term effects proved harmful. People ingesting Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners don’t have lobbyists, so you get the picture. You connect the dots and decide what matters to your health and wellness.

Fact: Sucralose is not natural. It’s a chlorinated sugar, engineered in a lab.

That’s right — chlorine. Like in the pool or in bleach. No matter what “natural” marketing speak is wrapped around it on a label, Sucralose just an artificial, chemically-laden ingredient that’s cheap to make, mimics the taste of real sugar, and has no caloric impact but causes insulin to be released unnecessarily. So as an additive to “healthier” food and drink, it lets the manufacturer make claims and imply benefits that are irresistible to people looking to become healthier by cutting out sugar where ever they can.

Fact: The water in your body gets side tracked trying to sequester this sugar-like compound mixed in with your protein additive — whey, for instance.

Sucralose can derail the body’s absorption of a number of nutrients, including protein ... an actual natural ingredient that will make you healthier. The other indication from studies done on Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners is that it compromises the absorption, and therefore the potency and efficacy, of some cardiac and cancer medications.

Your body tries to flush this chemical sugar look a like compound out of your system because ... it’s chlorine. It’s unnatural and your body knows it doesn’t belong inside you.

Worse yet, in small amounts, the body can flush it, but if you regularly consume Sucralose in things like diet soft drinks, health foods, supplements, and other diet products that use it, there is chlorinated sugar collecting in your system and that actually damages your cells. Read the label on your protein bar or whey powder and if you see Sucralose or other artificial sweeteners, you should definitely avoid it.

FACT: Sucralose disrupts digestion by creating an imbalance of the microbiome in your gut, even attacking beneficial bacteria.

When good bacteria, living in what’s called your flora, gets weaker or is destroyed, your gut becomes a haven for bad bacteria. Thus compromising your resistance and therefore your wellness, because a healthy gut needs the billions of good microorganisms essential in combating all the other bad stuff in our food, water, and beverages. If you’re looking to feel better, look better, and actually be better, the indication from the available research is that Sucralose is doing exactly the opposite.

The other nasty side effect is bloating, caused by rising levels of nitrogen gas and water in your colon. Gas, diarrhea, weight gain, and the frustration and discomfort of a belly that never seems to feel right, or to go away, all come with this biochemical disruption. Sucralose can also act as a laxative and indications are that it increases appetite because, as an artificial, chemical ingredient, it does nothing to satiate your body’s sugar cravings. You keep slamming down unhealthy carbs to feel satisfied, yet your body is trying to tell you through all these symptoms, that it’s not well.

FACT: Research studies in both humans and animals, including a study published by the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care Journal, link Sucralose to weight gain, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.

The buildup of chlorinated sugar triggers a chemical reaction that changes levels of glucose, insulin, and glucagon-like peptide-1 in your body. Sucralose can trigger an insulin spike and when that happens often enough, it leads to insulin insensitivity (which leads to the development of Type 2 diabetes), resulting in  higher insulin levels in your blood stream. Frequent uncontrolled elevated blood sugars also contribute to weight gain.  Neither one of these avoidable problems are anyone’s goal in trying to get to a better performing, healthier body.

As a nation, we are plagued by obesity and diabetes, both contributing to ruinous outcomes that not only cut years from our health span in later life, but seriously damage health in the now, among children, young adults, and middle age people, as well.

Read the label, try to reduce all artificial sweeteners especially chlorinated sugars by reducing your in-take of Sucralose, and reduce chances of obesity, diabetes, bloating, digestive system problems, and other systemic side effects.

Can you site all the journals that the “facts” came from below?

The fact headers are composite statements drawn and/or deducted from a combination of studies and articles. These were some of sources I reviewed to create and or substantiate statements and warnings about sucralose, and in some cases, Splenda specifically.