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RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Does Splenda Cause Diabetes?

January 5, 20149 min
So what about these marketed all-natural sugar substitutes, such as Stevia and Truvia, that have gained popularity?Splenda has been found to be linked to diabetes (in a human study, not animal) and has absolutely no nutritional value. A study published in the journal of Diabetes Care tested the metabolic effects of sucralose in Splenda in obese patients. A single dose of sucralose (one package) lead to a 20 percent increase in insulin levels. This is surprising since the American Diabetes Association has recommended using Splenda as a safe, noncaloric sweeteners for diabetics. Splenda, which is made up of sucralose, is an artificial sweetener. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric. Splenda and other comparative artificial sweeteners have been promoted for decades as a safe sugar alternative presumably to prevent weight gain and symptoms of diseases like diabetes. So what about these marketed all-natural sugar substitutes, such as Stevia and Truvia, that have gained popularity? Dr. Josh Axe is an expert in nutrition and natural medicine. Dr. Axe provides the skinny on artificial sweeteners and the natural alternatives for you to consider.

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