Sweeteners

splend vs equalI know this has been a huge topic for as long as diets have been around! In all honesty it is all dependent on opinions, which makes it a super stinky topic…… I know that every single person has to try as many as they can and choose one that has the best results for them. I have tried many and switched up often. Before this new WOL I was actually on a sugar only track. And when I say that I mean like 7 teaspoons in my morning coffee. I wont lie and say I’m truly in love any sweetener but recently again SPLENDA has been my sweetener of choice. Since I made this choice Ive done some research. I had been on Equal at the start of this WOL, I actually had some pretty nasty side affects and knew I had to find something new. Headaches, dizziness, hair loss, and some others. I stopped immediately but I did know it was the sweetener at first.

Since then this is the research I did on both Splenda and Equal

SUCRALOSE- is an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric. In the European Union, it is also known under the E number E955

Facts

  • It is 600 times sweeter than sugar
  • It is no listed as cancer being a concern from consumptions
  • FDA approved 1998
  • While the process to make sucralose begins with sucrose, or table sugar, the final product is different from sugar. Sucralose is made by replacing three select hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms, resulting in an intensely sweet, no-calorie sweetener.
  • Most of the sucralose people consume is not absorbed and passes through the body. The little that is absorbed is excreted in the urine, and doesn’t accumulate in the body.
  • Yes. Sucralose has an excellent safety profile. More than 100 safety studies, representing over 20 years of research, have shown sucralose to be safe.
    Scientists have conducted many studies on sucralose to determine whether it had any effects on a number of different health conditions, including growth and development, risk of cancer, chemical effects on the body (or toxicology), developmental abnormalities such as birth defects, and effects on the nervous system.
  • People with diabetes can consume
  • It does not cause weight gain

ASPARTAME- a very sweet substance used as an artificial sweetener, chiefly in low-calorie products. It is a derivative of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble noncarbohydrate powder, C 14 H 18 N 2 O 5, synthesized from amino acids

Facts

  • 220 times sweeter than sugar
  • FDA approved in 1980
  • Aspartame consists of three compounds like methyl alcohol (wood alcohol), aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Consuming aspartame in sodas can cause flooding of amino acids in the blood stream that can lead to many health problems. Methanol in aspartame is broken down into two toxic substances called formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a toxic carcinogen that damages neurons and is related to birth defects and DNA replication.
  • Methanol toxicity can cause brain swelling, blindness and inflammation of heart muscles and pancreas
  • aspartame side effects can range from headaches, nausea, mood swings, changes in vision, diarrhea, confusion to memory loss, alzheimer’s and sleeping disorder. Aspartame could also be significantly dangerous for small children, sick people, elderly or those with low immune system. Cancer is hugely debated.
  • Heres and article on hidden risks aspartame

From all the research of done on these two I am definatly choicing Splenda over Equal from now on. Send me a comment on what you guys use or if you guys have another sweetener to look into and do a post on

 

 

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