Splenda May Make Digestive Issues Worse

Special concern for anyone with Crohn’s disease 

(Headline Health) While we don’t ordinarily put much stock in animal studies, a new study on the effects of Splenda on the digestive tracts of mice is worth noting.

Splenda is a lab-manufactured chemical with essentially no nutritional value. It works by tricking your taste buds into thinking you’re eating sugar.

This reinforces your brain’s desire to always have something sweet, which can actually increase your overall consumption of sugar.

Worse, it’s more than your taste buds that may be reacting in a way that damages your health … details below.

Our take: artificial sweeteners have no health benefits, no nutritional value, and may cause health problems. The global artificial sweeteners market is estimated $1.7 billion, a colossal waste of resources in a world where billions are malnourished and millions starve to death. You don’t need Splenda or other artificial sweeteners.

Splenda May Make Crohn’s Disease Gut Issues Worse

(Janissa Delzo, Newsweek) There’s no one-diet-fits-all to fight Crohn’s Disease, a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. However, avoiding artificial sweeteners such as Splenda may help prevent uncomfortable symptoms, according to a new study.

In an effort to understand how the zero-calorie sugar substitute impacts the body’s intestines, researchers from Case Western Reserve University conducted three experiments on mice models.

For the first experiment, they mixed in a “low dose” of Splenda into the drinking water of animals belonging to a genetic line known to suffer from Crohn’s.

They then compared those mice to others that instead received plain water for six weeks.

“I think anything that’s made in a lab you should be very cautious of.”

“I think anything that’s made in a lab you should be very cautious of.” Nutritionist Keren Gilbert

During the second experiment, the researchers slightly increased the sugar dose, and finally, during the third experiment, they increased it 10 times higher. For both of those trials, they also introduced healthy mice into the mix.

The findings, which are published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, showed that the mice with Crohn’s-like disease had an overgrowth of E. coli in their intestines, but the healthy mice did not.

Although all people have a small out of E. coli in their gut, those with Crohn’s and other bowel diseases are known to carry a bit too much, as illustrated in previous studies.

“Our findings suggest that patients with Crohn’s disease should think carefully about consuming Splenda or similar products,” Alex Rodriguez-Palacios, study author and assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement.

“The sweetener induces changes in gut bacteria and gut wall immune cell reactivity, which could result in inflammation or disease flare ups in susceptible people.”

The study results also suggest that those without Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other intestinal diseases may not need to worry about the potential side effects of Splenda, Rodriguez-Palacios explained.

But, Keren Gilbert, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of New York-based nutrition consulting firm Decision Nutrition, suggests otherwise.

“I’m not surprised [the study authors] were seeing these effects because Splenda is artificial,” Glibert, who was not involved in the research, told Newsweek. “I think anything that’s made in a lab you should be very cautious of.”

While Splenda may indeed cause inflammation, it’s important to note that the research was a small study conducted on animal models. Therefore, further work must be done in order to better understand sugar substitutes’ impact on humans.

Despite the widespread controversy over the pros and cons of Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners), it’s been deemed safe for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration for nearly two decades. Displayed with permission from Newsweek via Repubhub. IMAGE: Sonny Abesamis, CC BY 2.0

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