What Are The Side Effects of Sucralose?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the side effects of sucralose? Some of the side effects is that it raises the blood sugar levels and insulin levels in people who don’t consume artificial sweeteners regularly. There was a small study done on 17 people who had severe obesity who didn’t consume sucralose regularly.

The results of this study showed that sucralose increased the blood sugar levels by 14% and the insulin levels by 20%. The analysis of this study is that sucralose can raise blood sugar levels and insulin levels in people who don’t consume sucralose regularly.

What are the side effects of sucralose? Istock- HT Ganzo

Sucralose is marketed as splenda as an artificial sweetener that comes from a yellow package. It is sweeter than regular sugar with 0 calories which is one of the appeals to most people.

It is common to find sucralose in foods and drinks such as ice cream, candy, yogurt, and soda. Foods and beverages that have sucralose may increase appetite making you eat more food. There still needs to be more research to 100% validate this.

There are studies that have shown that sucralose can change your gut microbiome by reducing the number of beneficial bacteria in your body by half. There has been research that were done on animals that showed that sucralose can increase inflammation in the body. Most of the research studies were done on rodents and more research needs to be done on humans in terms of the effects of sucralose.

Sucralose can be found in:

  • Ready-made meals
  • Desserts
  • Cakes
  • Toothpaste
  • Packaged foods
  • Chewing gum

Sucralose is an approved ingredient across the world and studies in the U.S (United States) and (United Kingdom) UK have found artificial sweeteners like Splenda doesn’t cause cancer. Sucralose is considered to be safe by the FDA, (Food and Drug Administration). Consuming artificial sweeteners is ok if it is in minimal amounts.

One of the appealing things about using sucralose as an artificial sweetener over regular sugar is the lower calorie content. That appeals to a lot of people, and it can help with weight loss because sucralose has minimal calories.

The Bottom Line is consumption of sucralose is safe to take as long as you consume it in moderation. There is no clear scientific evidence that it is harmful to human beings.

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