Anyways, my week is crazy busy and I realized that I wouldn't have time to grab my normal go to (Kaizen from Natural Community Foods). So what did I do, I grabbed what was available, Lean Fit I think? I read the label and it wasn't too bad with the exception of Sucralose.
Anyways I always thought that Sucralose should probably be avoided but I decided to dig into the details to see if the stuff is actually "safe".
One thing to keep in mind when trying to determine if a product is safe is that you need to remember there are A LOT of organizations that are pro for whatever product you are tossing under the microscope. And in my personal opinion governing bodies and organizations like the FDA, etc. are too political to trust 100%.
If the FDA says it is safe doesn't always mean that it is totally healthy for consumption. We all know aspartame is not good to consume but it is determined "safe" under the FDA's guidelines.
You need to do your own research and make your own judgements. Don't always trust what you hear. After all eggs will give you a heart attack right!
Let's dig into a few nitty gritty details on Sucralose!
What is Sucralose?
Sucralose Side Effects.
However, more recently there have been studies coming out on the potential harmful effects of the "wonder" sugar.
First off, it has been prove that artificial sweeteners in fact lead to weight gain. This goes for Sucralose, Aspartame, and Saccharine a like. These artificial sweeteners stimulate your appetite, do to their sweet nature, and do to the fact there are no calories associated with them your body says "feed me more". You in turn tend to eat more food than you would typically and your body also stores more of that meal rather than burn it.
They trick your body but unfortunately with the opposite result then hoped for. Sucralose is no different than Aspartame and Saccharine in this regard.
Recently there have been studies conducted on the safety of Sucralose and the results are not encouraging.
When Splenda (Sucralose) was consumed the healthy bacteria in the gut was reduced by approximately 50%. With 70+% of your immune system in your gut, this is definitely not a desired result.
Studies also showed that the consumption of Sucralose lead in an increased pH of the intestines. Increased pH in your intestines means that your body will not digest it's contents as well. With all the garbage that we eat nowadays, inhibiting our digestive process is not a good thing.
On top of all of this there are numerous cases of Sucralose side effects by consumers. Things like rashes, joint pain, bloating, dizziness, cough, the list goes on.
Is Sucralose Safe?
I am currently going through a small dilemma in my nutritional views. On one hand I have, and most likely always will, believe in eating organic, all natural, fresh as can be food with virtually no shit added, sprayed, or chemically altered in any way.
After all, it is how food is mean't to be.
But on the other hand I am trying to take a non fear based approach to food. For me this steams mostly from the Paleo diet. Don't get me wrong I love a lot of things about the Paleo diet but it is generally taught using a fear based approach.
Don't eat "this" or you will become completely inflamed. A little oatmeal is going to wreak havoc on your digestive system. A little flour in your meal is going to kill ya.
This fear based approach sure makes going out for dinner difficult and that is no good for everyone. If you are to ask me, it is more unhealthy to be constantly stressing about every little detail of your diet, when compared to eating a mostly healthy one even if a few pieces of pizza and pints of beer slip in there!
So is Sucralose safe?
Probably not. It is probably healthier to either avoid it all together or find something with Stevia (a natural zero calorie sweetener) in it. That being said I am not going to freak out about the Sucralose in the whey I just purchased.
Will I buy it again?
Probably not. I will finish this bottle but in the future I will flip back to my "regular". Like I said, the protein I usually buy is sweetened with Stevia so it is a far better option. Why wouldn't I just go with that and not have to split hairs if Splenda is healthy or not!
I would love to hear your thoughts on Sucralose?
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