Just because it’s on the shelf does not mean it’s been studied or should be presumed to be non-toxic. We know that sugar is toxic, but what about the popular sugar alternative, Splenda? Turns out it was FDA approved based on 110 studies, two of which were in humans, with one of those two only spanning four days and being run by the manufacturer. When we don’t objectively assess safety (including placebo-controlled, medium, and long-term trials), consumers become the subjects. Here are the results of a recent report condemning this toxin:
- When heated, it is not inert (as claimed), but produces chloropropanols, in the dioxin cancer-causing, Agent Orange ingredient, class
- It destroys beneficial gut bacteria
- It alters glucose, insulin, and glucagon-like peptide secretion and balance, rendering it destabilizing to blood sugar and obesogenic
Stick with nature (honey, maple syrup) when it comes to sweeteners, if you must use them. Remember that we are not built to withstand the 133 lbs of sugar we take in each year, and using chemical concoctions as replacements will not work.