What Are the Risks of Consuming Sucralose?


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The consumption of sucralose, an artificial sugar substitute, carries many risks, the most severe of which is a negative impact on how a person's bowel works. Sucralose consumption has also been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, weight gain diabetes, and a reduction in the effectiveness of certain medications.

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Sucralose is a calorie-free sugar substitute, popular in low or zero calorie foods and drinks. The safety of sucralose consumption is ongoing. There have been many studies performed by the FDA to test the side effects of moderate sucralose consumption in rats, as well as studies of people who consume sucralose on a regular basis in their food.

The findings are grim; there are many risks associated with consuming sucralose. Sucralose alters how a body responds to insulin, causing diabetes. It also reduces good gut bacteria, such as that found in probiotics or yogurt, by as much as 50 percent. A reduction in the bacteria a body needs to stay healthy can contribute to weight gain and inflammatory bowel disease. Studies found that as little as the amount of sucralose in less than one diet soda reduces good gut bacteria. Because sucralose effects how the digestive system absorbs, medications may not be absorbed into the blood stream, reducing their effectiveness. A healthier option to sucralose is to consume actual sugar in moderation at less than 100 calories, or 6 teaspoons, daily.

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