What Is This Sweetener and Why Is It A Health Problem?
One of the active ingredients in a popular artificial sweetener can reduce the number and balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut and alter hormone secretion, according to an article published in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. A recent study detailed an experiment involving the popular artificial sweetener, sucralose.1 The study involved an experiment using rats that were administered the artificial sweetener over a 12-week period. Following a bacterial analysis of the rats’ fecal samples and measurement of fecal pH, the article concluded that artificial sweetener resulted in various adverse effects in the rats, including:
• 50% reduction in the beneficial intestinal microflora or bacteria
• Increased pH in the intestines
At concentrations typically used in sugar-free foods and diet drinks, “sucralose suppresses beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract with less effect on pathogenic bacteria,” study co-author Susan Schiffman, Ph.D said. “Most consumers are unaware of these effects because no warning label appears on products containing sucralose.” The change in balance of gastrointestinal bacteria has been associated with weight gain and obesity as well as lowered immunity due to the death of healthy bacteria. At elevated levels, sucralose also damages DNA.
McNeil Nutritionals makes its claim that Splenda (sucralose) is not digested or metabolized by the body, hence it has zero calories. But, if you look at the research you will see that in fact an average of 15 percent of sucralose IS absorbed into your digestive system. According to James Bowen M.D., author of the article “The Lethal Science of Splenda, a Poisonous Chlorocarbon”, “Any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver’s metabolic cells, and destroy them.”
Sucralose… it’s everywhere now, even in your chewing gum. Isn’t it time you and your family started to read labels and remove this dangerous toxin from your diet?
1. Abou-Donia MB, et al. “Splenda alters gut microflora and increases intestinal p-glycoprotein and cytochrome p-450 in male rats.” Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 2008;71(21):1415-29