Remember when Splenda was the go-to artificial sweetener for diabetics and diet-enthusiasts? Well, those zero-calorie sweeteners may not be as healthy as you thought. Based on a new study, scientists are saying artificial sweetener could raise the risk of diabetes.
Consumption of the sugar alternative ‘sucralose’–found in Splenda — has an effect on blood sugar levels. It causes “a person’s sugar levels to peak to a higher level and in turn increase the amount of insulin a person produced” according to MailOnline.
So what does that have to do with diabetes? For someone who regularly consumes artificial sweetener, this can have an adverse affect on health. When insulin levels are elevated constantly, a resistance to insulin may result — an occurrence that leads to type 2 diabetes.
The implications of the study have not been fully realized, says study leader Yanina Pepino, research assistant professor of medicine at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. “We need to do more studies to determine whether this observation means long-term use could be harmful,” Pepino reported to MailOnline.
In the study, scientists tested the effect of artificial sweetener on 17 obese people who did not have diabetes nor use artificial sweetener. To be considered obese, one needs a Body Mass Index of 30; all participants had a BMI of at least 42. Participants were tested to see whether the combination of glucose (sugar) and sucralose (artificial sweetener) had an affect on insulin levels.
The results were as follows: those who drank water followed by glucose had a lower blood sugar AND insulin levels than those who drank sucralose dissolved in water followed by glucose. Yanina says the elevated blood sugar was expected, but a 20% increase in insulin levels was not. “Although we found that sucralose affects the glucose and insulin response to glucose ingestion, we don’t know the mechanism responsible.”
Splenda said in a statement of response to this study:
Numerous clinical studies in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and non-diabetic people have shown that Splenda Brand Sweetener (sucralose) does not affect blood glucose levels, insulin, or HbA1c. FDA and other important safety and regulatory agencies from around the world have concluded that sucralose does not adversely affect glucose control, including in people with diabetes
Hm… we’ll have to see about that. What about you guys? Sugar or Splenda?
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