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
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
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
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.
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
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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