10 Things Splenda Does to Your Body

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We all want to do what’s best for our bodies. For the longest time, we’ve been made to think that no- or low-calorie artificial sweeteners are better for us. This includes not only Splenda in our coffees but also our diet Cokes and Pepsis. Turns out, we’re all better off just using the real thing and not opting for a no-calorie substitute.

While Splenda can be incredibly tasty and the perfect addition to our coffee or tea, it really is not much better for you than regularly processed sugar. Here are 10 things that can happen to your body when you consume Splenda regularly.

1. You’re at a higher risk for disease

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Holistic Health Coach Amy Kaneff has confirmed that by using artificial sweeteners every day, you put your body at 67% greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. There’s also a 36% greater chance of developing metabolic syndrome, which includes elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar and cholesterol, and an increased waistline, according to Kaneff.

2. Nutritional deficiencies

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According to Nutritionist Jennifer Insel, MS, “Food additives and sweeteners make a difference in our eating habits and brain patterns. Even if these food additives or sweeteners provide no sugar or calories, they simulate the sweet sensation in the foods they are added to.” This means the inevitable increase of the processed poor food choices.

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3. Memory loss

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Consuming artificial sweeteners every single day ultimately begins to affect your cognition, causing worsened memory and other brain issues, such as impacting your neural senses. The best way to avoid this is consuming natural sweeteners in moderation.

4. Depression

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Artificial sweeteners actually play a huge role in interfering with the brain’s neural pathways, meaning it can disrupt the production of serotonin, the hormone that plays such an important role in happiness.

5. Weight gain

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This is pretty much a no-brainer. An increase in artificial sweeteners also calls for an increase in fat storage, particularly in the stomach area.

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6. May pose a higher risk for certain cancers

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According to the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, researchers found that by feeding mice various levels of sucralose (Splenda), they caused a higher incidence of leukemia in the male mice. Nothing has been formally established between cancer and Splenda, however, and more testing is still needed to confirm what the effects would be on humans.

7. Metabolic disorders

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Let’s talk about the metabolic syndrome that was mentioned previously. How does that actually work? According to Brian Hoffmann, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, artificial sweeteners like Splenda contribute to altering the activity of genes that are responsible for breaking down macromolecules like proteins and fats. This ultimately leads to some frustrating metabolic issues.

8. Changes in overall gut health

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Good bacteria is absolutely necessary for all of us. One study confirmed that sucralose (Splenda) might contribute negatively to the presence of these good bacteria. Beneficial bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria were “significantly reduced,” and their numbers did not improve or go back to normal 12 weeks after testing on lab mice.

9. Chronic headaches

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If you are constantly consuming artificial sweeteners and find yourself struggling with headaches very often, you might want to consider a natural sugar alternative!

10. Consistent pain

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Many avid Splenda users got rid of their artificial sweeteners after discovering that it was causing chronic and consistent pain for them. Some reported that it was so bad that they felt they needed to crawl in order to get up the stairs or that they were developing arthritis. Nope, just Splenda! Read more reviews here.

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This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.

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