Consuming too much sugar is linked to #obesity, high blood pressure & #diabetes. People who are watching their weight may choose artificial sweeteners to fight back with products like #aspartame, #sucralose and #steviocide (brand names: Equal, #Splenda and #Stevia). But a new Canadian study looked at the long-term heart health, weight, stroke incidence and blood pressure levels of people who use artificial sweeteners in place of sugar, and found that the effects were not on the positive side. It found that consumption of #NonnutritiveSweeteners was associated with modest long-term weight gain and showed higher risks of Type 2 diabetes and #hypertension. Researchers found that routine consumption of #nonnutritivesweeteners is associated with actual increases in weight, BMI and waist circumference, plus a higher incidence of #obesity, #hypertension, metabolic syndrome, #stroke, type 2 #diabetes, cardiovascular events and cardiometabolic risk.
Sucralose (also known as Splenda) is a popular nonnutritive artificial sweetener found in sugar-free products, especially drinks. Sucralose was accidentally discovered while doing research to create a new #insecticide, which is why some researchers suggested that Sucralose should be listed in the #pesticide category. Sucralose is a chlorinated compound, so when the body breaks this down, it releases toxic chemicals. #Neurotoxins are substances that interact with nerve cells by overstimulating them to death or interrupting their communication process. This process is harmful, because it can fry nerve cells or interfere with their natural chemical process. Neurotoxins can shorten the life span of nerve cells, and have been linked to #neurodegenerative diseases such as #Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s #Chorea and #Parkinson’s. Sucralose is also a chemical cousin to #DDT (banned in 1972). #SUICIDE