The 'Other' Sweetener That's Made from Sugar, but Is Closer to DDT
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recently investigated sucralose (Splenda) to see if it could reduce
hunger and keep blood sugar steady. They found that it could
hoped to find that sucralose could cause the intestine to produce
a hormone that reduces blood sugar and decreases appetite, which
prior study had indicated might be a possibility. But the effect
did not occur when it was ingested orally hunger remained
the same and the blood sugar remained the same.
other research has shown that artificial sweeteners might contribute
to weight gain ... [when the] sweet taste is not accompanied by
the calories (energy) our brain expects it to be, the complex systems
our bodies have to regulate energy balance may be thrown off kilter.
The result is that a diet high in artificial sweeteners may
possibly, over time, cause people to seek out more calories from
is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, but, instead of consuming
a naturally low-sugar diet based on whole foods, some people are
still trying to have their cake and eat it too.
the belief that artificial sweeteners can allow you to have the
best of both worlds is simply not based in reality. It's a carefully
orchestrated deception. So if you're still consuming artificially
sweetened foods, snacks and beverages because you think it'll help
you manage your weight, please understand that you've been sorely
"diet" foods and drinks ruin
your body's ability to count calories, thus boosting your inclination
to overindulge. This effect appears to be true for all artificial
most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States
still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as acceptable
and even preferred alternatives to sugar, which is at best confusing
and at worst seriously damaging the health of those who listen to
this well-intentioned but foolish advice.
Sweeteners INCREASE Your Risk of Obesity
popular belief, research has shown that artificial sweeteners can
your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate
fat storage and weight gain. In fact, diet
sodas may actually double your risk of obesity!
for being misled?
repeatedly shown that consuming artificial sweeteners may
be ruining your ability to control your food intake and body weight.
For example, I have listed the results
of six studies on aspartame that found it increases hunger and body
weight on my Aspartame Studies page, and research
on other artificial sweeteners have come to the same conclusion.
that consuming artificial sweeteners breaks the inherent connection
between a sweet taste and a high-calorie food, thereby changing
your body's ability to regulate your intake of calories. The end
result is that by consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages,
you end up gaining more body fat than if you were to eat the same
foods sweetened with regular sugar!
gain isn't the only health-harming side effect of these man-made
Your Gut Flora
sweeteners have been found to wreak havoc in a number of different
ways. Aspartame, for example, has a long
list of studies indicating its harmful effects, ranging from
brain damage to pre-term delivery.
has been found to be particularly damaging to your intestines.
published in 2008 found that Splenda:
the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
the pH level in your intestines, and
a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects,
particularly if you're on certain medications like chemotherapy,
or treatments for AIDS and certain heart conditions
They also found
unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary
to previous claims.
to this study, James Turner, chairman of the national consumer education
for Health issued the following statement:
makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key
component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the
product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side
effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the
chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning
I agree. It's
truly disturbing that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your
healthy intestinal bacteria, as these bacteria are absolutely vital
for supporting your general health! Many people are already
deficient in healthy bacteria due to consuming too many highly processed
foods. This is why a
high quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I
highly recommend for most, if not all, people.
if you continually destroy up to half of your gut flora by regularly
consuming Splenda, then poor health is virtually guaranteed!
Never Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption
approved by the FDA as a tabletop- and general-purpose sweetener
in processed foods in 1998. The FDA claims the approval was based
on more than 110 animal and human safety studies. However, what
they don't specify was that out of these 110 studies, only two
were human studies, consisting of a combined total of 36 people,
of which only 23 people actually ingested sucralose.
the longest of these two human trials lasted only four days
and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance!
have sent me stories about their adverse
reactions to Splenda, which are posted on my site. This list
alone contains more people than were formally studied in the research
submitted for FDA approval!
of those 110-plus "safety studies" were done on animals, and they
actually revealed plenty of problems, such as:
red blood cells sign of anemia at levels above 1,500
male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality,
as well as brain lesions at higher doses
and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with
poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance.
The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common
in aged female rats and are not significant.)
abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose,
compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
- A 23 percent
death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the
Effects of Splenda
The web site
lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption,
You can also
the first-hand accounts of many of my readers here, at least
one of whom say that allowing Splenda on the market is "worse than
chemical warfare" based on the adverse effects she suffered before
she figured out the cause. Just as with aspartame, many Splenda
users complain of general malaise or "feeling under the weather,"
along with a variety of neurological changes, such as foggy-headedness,
lack of concentration, and "bad mood."
If you have
ever suffered any side effects from taking Splenda or any artificially
sweetened product, I strongly recommend reporting it to the FDA
Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.
"Made from Sugar" But More Similar to DDT...
slogan "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar" has fooled many,
but chemically, Splenda is actually more similar to DDT than sugar.
off with a sugar molecule, yes, but that's where the similarity
ends. (A sucrose molecule is a disaccharide that contains two single
sugars bound together, i.e. glucose and fructose.) Then, in a five-step
patented process, three chlorine molecules are added to that sucrose
converts the sugar molecule to a fructo-galactose molecule.
This type of
sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body
does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. As a result
of this "unique" biochemical make-up, McNeil Nutritionals makes
its claim that Splenda is not digested or metabolized by the body,
hence it has zero calories.
But, if you
look at the research, you will find that an average of 15 percent
of sucralose IS in fact absorbed into your digestive system, and
ultimately is stored in your body. To reach the average number of
15 percent means that some people absorb more and some people absorb
less, depending on your biochemical makeup.
If you are
healthy and your digestive system works well, you may be at HIGHER
risk for breaking down this product in your stomach and intestines,
so for you the adverse reactions may be more acutely felt.
How to Kick
the Artificial Sweetener Habit
are very common for the simple reason that sugar
is as addictive as cocaine. Unfortunately, switching to artificial
sweeteners will neither reduce these cravings nor increase your satiety.
On the contrary, as discussed above, you're likely making matters
Your body also
craves sweets when you're denying it the fuel it needs. Sugar (and
grain carbs) is very quick fuel and can give your body a boost when
it's running low. Again, using artificial sweeteners does not trick
your body into thinking it has had its fill; rather it wants more
sweets because it didn't get the energy boost with that sweet taste!
solution to help curb your cravings is to determine
your nutritional type, which will tell you which foods you need
to eat to feel full and satisfied.
It may sound
hard to believe right now, but once you start eating right for your
nutritional type, your sweet cravings will disappear. To help you
turn your health around, I now offer the full nutritional
typing program online for free, so please take advantage of
this opportunity to dramatically change your health for the better.
nutrition- and fitness expert Ori
Hofmekler recently shared a fascinating benefit of caffeine
that can be helpful here. If you like coffee, drinking organic black
coffee (meaning without sugar or milk) can help eliminate sugar
cravings because the caffeine is an opioid receptor antagonist.
As you may
know, sugar binds to the same opioid receptors as cocaine and other
addictive substances. But once an opioid receptor antagonist occupies
that receptor, it prohibits you from becoming addicted to something
else. Therefore, caffeine may attenuate the addictive impact of
There are a
few caveats to using this strategy however, including:
- Only drink
organic coffee (as it's one of the most pesticide-heavy crops
- Drink it
black, sans sugar/artificial sweeteners or milk
- Only drink
coffee in the morning, prior to exercise
- Limit your
consumption to one or two cups
to eating right for your nutritional type, I highly recommend addressing
component of your food cravings, using a tool such as the Emotional
Freedom Technique (EFT). It's one of the most profoundly effective
tools I've ever used or researched to help overcome food cravings
and reach dietary success.
Tapping is particularly useful if you're addicted to soda. It's
an extremely effective and simple tool to get rid of your addiction
in a short period of time.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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