Is Splenda Safe for Diabetics? New Evidence Says NO!

Is Splenda SAFE for Diabetics - New evidence says No

By  Dr. Michelle Kmiec

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

When it comes to serious  health conditions such  as diabetes, it can be  very concerning to hear conflicting information about low sugar  products. So let’s make this simple…  Knowing what we know  about Splenda and other artificial sweeteners,  I’d personally say you’re  better off sticking with  modest amounts of good ‘ol old fashion raw  sugarcane.

Splenda Not So Splendid

Splenda states that their product is safe for diabetics,  per their  website:

“Even though SPLENDA ® Brand Sweetener starts with sugar,  it goes through a process that changes it into a no-calorie, non-carbohydrate sweetener…

“… The body does not recognize SPLENDA ® Brand Sweetener as a sugar. In fact, clinical studies have shown that SPLENDA ® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) does not affect blood glucose levels, insulin, or HbA1c. In a meal plan for people with diabetes, up to 4 packets of SPLENDA ® No Calorie Sweetener or up to 8 teaspoons of SPLENDA ® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, are considered a ‘free food’.”

Yet studies  have found  that this  artificial sugar does affect the Hba1C marker:

“One small  study of diabetic patients using the sweetener showed a  statistically significant increase in glycosylated hemoglobin (Hba1C), which is a marker of long-term blood glucose levels and is used to assess glycemic control in diabetic patients. According to the FDA, “increases in glycosolation in hemoglobin imply lessening of control of diabetes”.

Which leads us to  investigate the  Glycemic Index (GI),  since  glycemic control is the real issue here.  And there is  nowhere better to go than to  Sydney University, “home of the glycemic index  – the official website for the glycemic index and international GI database, which is based in the Human Nutrition Unit,  School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney”. Their  explanation of the GI is one of the best I have found:

“The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.”

So, what is the GI of Splenda (sucralose)? Depending on the source, it can vary so let’s take the average, which is 80. Based on the explanation above, a GI of 80 is on the high end.    And what makes this even more  interesting, is the GI of actual table sugar. Did you know that the average GI of regular ‘ol sugar is 65?

Furthermore…BOTH studies quoted above are only speaking about  sucralose (Splenda), but  what of  dextrose and maltodextrin,  which are now found in nearly all food? Both are high glycemic carbohydrates, and both of their GI is over 100! The findings of  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  are  aligned with “Home of the Glycemic Index”: the higher the GI, the higher the glycemic load, the higher the risk of type 2 diabetes!

But what of those people who already have  diabetes:

“Among patients with diabetes, the weight of evidence suggests that replacing high-glycemic-index with low-glycemic-index forms of carbohydrate will improve glycemic control and reduce hypoglycemic episodes among those treated with insulin.”

In 2013, there was  study  published in  Journal  Diabetes Care  which found something interesting. They concluded that:

“These data demonstrate that sucralose affects the glycemic and insulin responses to an oral glucose load in obese people who do not normally consume NNS (nonnutritive sweeteners)”

One might think  that if you simply consume more NNS then it shouldn’t be a problem anymore, right?  Wrong! In fact it only gets worse for this sugar substitute.

Many people are not aware that as of June 12, 2013,  the  Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)  downgraded Splenda’s safety rating from “Safe” to “Caution“. Their reasoning? It seems an Italian Study found that this artificial sweetener in  linked with  leukemia in mice.

And another study  published in  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health found something even more deadly:

“Cooking with sucralose at high temperatures  was reported to generate chloropropanols, a  potentially toxic class of compounds…”

What they are talking about here are  chlorinated compounds,  as well as,  deadly dioxins  or better known as:  the Most Toxic Chemicals Known to Science

Yikes!

The more we seem to learn about Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners), the worse it gets. Like I said, you’re  better off sticking with modest amounts of good ‘ol old fashion raw  sugarcane!

For more information, check out the article  Splenda (Sucralose) Found To Have Diabetes-Promoting Effects  by contributing writer Sayer Ji.

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About the author:

dr michelle kmiec

Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a board certified chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and anxiety, became an avid nutrition health researcher/promoter. She has been featured in many Health magazines, and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. She is the author of Health Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession’, Founder of Online Holistic Health, and a contributing writer for other popular informative health website/blogs. She is also founder of The Triad of Life™ Holistic Lifestyle Program the most comprehensive holistic program on the internet today.

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Please note: this article is not intended to provide medical diagnosis, advice or treatment.


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