Recently I had a conversation with a family member who was disappointed to learn that Splenda, the popular no-calorie sweetener, is less than the health-promoting product it pretends to be.  Like most people, he was under the impression that Splenda must be better than other artificial sweeteners because it’s “made from sugar” but without the nutritional side-effects.  Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a free lunch…  

As Dr. Joseph Mercola states, “consuming artificial sweeteners breaks the inherent connection between a sweet taste and high-calorie food, thereby changing your body’s ability to regulate your intake of calories.  The end result is…gaining more body fat than if you were to eat the same foods sweetened with regular sugar!”  Research has shown that artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase craving of sugar, and stimulate fat storage.  

Your gut flora consists of beneficial bacteria that aid in digestion and immune function.  Splenda (and antibiotics) can wipe out this good bacteria tipping the balance in favor of the bad bacteria that cause nasty health concerns.  Many people are already deficient in good bacteria and artificial sweetener only makes it worse.

Just like anything made in a lab, Splenda is associated with side-effects. for a list of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption.

Popularized in the 1930s and 1940s, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is an adage meaning it’s impossible to get something for nothing.  That also applies to nutrition.  Next time you reach for a diet soda, fat-free snack, or symptom-relieving drug, think about the ingredients.  Do you know what you’re getting?  Or does it seem like a free lunch?