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Baking With Splenda Releases Carcinogenic Chemicals Into Your Food

by , 01/29/14
filed under: News, Sustainable Food

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There’s clearly something unnatural about artificial sweeteners – and new research shows that the ever-popular Splenda sweetener could release toxic chemicals when it’s cooked. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health baking or cooking with Splenda releases carcinogenic dioxins into food.

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The papers detail that the heating and cooking process generates chloropropanols, a toxic class of chemicals that could be linked to a higher risk of cancer. The study also discovered that sucralose, the secret ingredient in the “no calorie sweetener,” reduces the quantity of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Worse yet, the GI tract seems to be able to metabolize and absorb sucralose, despite claims that it simply passes through the body. Scientists observed that both human and rat test subjects exhibited changes in glucose and insulin levels after ingesting sucralose. The research proves that the chemical sweetener is actually not a biologically inert compound, and it could be a big problem for diabetics and those who blindly believed that Splenda is sugar and calorie-free. Previously, studies into the effects of saccharin revealed that the key ingredient in Sweet’n Low could cause bladder cancer.

Of course, the real problem is our addiction to sweets – from soda and supermarket isles dedicated to candy and cookies to new inventions like the cronuts. People would be much better off if they curbed their intake of sweets and adopted healthier eating habits.

+ Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health

Via Treehugger

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  1. Ludmilla Trout January 30, 2014 at 11:32 am

    :(

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/pics/SciencePolice.jpg

    The most frequently cited study supposedly documenting the harmful effects of sucralose was one (conducted with rats, not humans, and funded by the Sugar Association) published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health in 2008 that reportedly found Splenda might “contribute to obesity, destroy ‘good’ intestinal bacteria and prevent prescription drugs from being absorbed.” However, even that study was refuted by one published the following year in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology which reported that an Expert Panel had found that the previous study was “deficient in several critical areas” and that its conclusions “are not consistent with published literature and not supported by the data presented”

    Read more at http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/splenda.asp#swJf3Wu822xIjgV8.99

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