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Splenda side effects and the dangers of sucralose

When talking about Splenda side effects, it is important to know a little about the history of the sweetener. First approved and introduced in 1999, Splenda is currently the biggest and most popular artificial sweetener on the American market. Not aspartame, you say...?


That's right, Splenda overtook aspartame quite some time ago, because it preserves its sweetness when it is heated, making it more flexible, and a popular baking ingredient. But it also makes it a big topic of controversy...

The main ingredient of Splenda is sucralose, a substance that was accidentally discovered in the 1970's when scientists were looking for a new pesticide. Sucralose is made by adding small amounts of chlorine to regular sugar, making it approximately 600 times sweeter than sucrose. 

To counter that figure, often bulking agents are added to the sucralose to balance out its sweetness. The Splenda sweetener can be found in a large array of products like candy and sodas, and large chains such as McDonald's and Starbucks, who offer it to their customers in packet form to sweeten coffee.

People suffering from Splenda side effects often complain about headaches and migraines. But the symptoms go as far as stomach aches and gastrointestinal problems, skin rash, dizziness, panic attacks and many more. Does that remind you of another artificial sweetener we talked about? 

splenda side effectsStudies on small rodents have demonstrated premature withering of the thymus, an organ responsible for healthy growth and development of the immune system in children. After puberty, our thymus naturally shrivels because the natural defence system is strong enough to maintain itself. But what happens when you take away the training wheels of your body too soon?

The biggest problem is that - like aspartame - Splenda can be found in so many different products nowadays, that it's easy to surpass the suggested daily intake without even realizing it. The first victims are always smaller groups of people who are sensitive to the chemicals. But as Splenda's product count rises, so does the amount of people experiencing severe discomfort from consuming sucralose. 

As with all artificial sweeteners, it's difficult to pin the blame on them for negative side effects in the long run. This is partly because Splenda hasn't been around for very long, so there simply wasn't enough time to conduct long-term studies. The FDA's approval of the sweetener seems rushed, to say the least.


Because the complaints are typically very general in nature, a connection to sucralose isn't apparent at first. There are lots of people who experience symptoms for years and years, who go to see their doctors only to find no answers for their unexplained weight gain or hair loss. They learn to live with their stomach pains and palpitations, sometimes even writing it down to hypochondria. 


This is why artificial sweeteners are often referred to as "silent killers". If for some reason you can relate to unexplainable symptoms of discomfort, maybe it's time to really open your eyes to what you're eating and drinking on a daily basis. Try switching to natural sweeteners such as the stevia herb or the lesser-known Luo Han Guo as much as possible. And maybe then you'll find that your both your body and your mind will start thanking you for it, sooner than you think.

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