Splenda may mess with insulin levels
Sucralose (aka Splenda) was once marketed as "made from sugar," as if that's something worth bragging about.
"Made from a chemistry set" would be a more accurate description -- but new research shows this chemical sweetener has at least one thing in common with "real" sugar: They both could help set the stage for diabetes.
In a series of experiments on 17 obese people, sucralose raised peak plasma glucose concentrations.
If that's not enough damage for you, sucralose also caused insulin levels under the curve (a measurement that looks at insulin levels over time) to shoot up by 8 percent and insulin clearance out of the blood stream to become sluggish, dropping by 4 percent, according to the study in Diabetes Care.
In other words, if you're looking for a safe artificial sweetener, you're going to have to keep on looking -- because this isn't it.
On the other hand, sucralose is hardly the worst of the lot. That distinction goes to aspartame, quite possibly the most dangerous additive ever approved for human consumption. (You can read the bitter truth about this chemical sweetener right here.)
If you're looking for a safe way to satisfy your sweet tooth, don't waste your time with sucralose, aspartame, saccharine, and the rest of the gang. And certainly don't go back to ordinary sugar and all its variants.
Try some xylitol instead -- it's not only safe, it may actually come with some benefits such as protecting teeth and bone. And for the safest option of all, get back to basics with a piece of fruit or a handful of berries.
Mix 'em with fresh cream, make a smoothie, or just eat them plain. Can't beat that!