There’s a new study demonizing the artificial sweetener sucralose that is circulating on social media with the following headlines:
In a nutshell, the study in question fed mice feed that was laced with sucralose (Splenda). Over the course of their lifetimes, there was a direct correlation between malignant tumours and the level of sucralose in the diet; the more sucralose, the more likely the mice were to develop tumours. The study showed that the equivalent of drinking 10 diet sodas per day induced cancerous growth in the mice.
Are you a mouse? Probably not. Are you likely to drink 10 diet sodas per day, every day? Unlikely. But are you surprised that excessive consumption of man-made chemicals like sucralose can lead to cancer? Here’s what we can take from this study:
- Minimize artificial sweeteners in your diet. I’m aware that you aren’t a mouse, but ask yourself one question: Are artificial sweeteners food? The answer is no. So if you want to be healthy and/or lose weight, your focus should be to consume whole foods. If you regularly and purposefully consume non-food items, you cannot complain when you develop cancer.
- This doesn’t mean you should avoid sweeteners and instead increase sugar-laced foodstuffs. Sugar is a drug and is equally, if not more harmful than artificial sweeteners. Again, focus on whole foods.
- If you have an addiction to either artificial sweeteners or sugar, seek the help of a professional to help you develop strategies to minimize these items in your diet. This is a serious problem and there are people who can help you regain your health, reduce your odds of developing a debilitating disease and extend your life.
Making dietary changes can be a complex process. We have been brainwashed for years that limiting fats and calories is the key to staying healthy and thin, but this has led us to consume elevated rates of sugar and sweeteners which has put us in a much more precarious situation.
The key to health and longevity is not complicated, but developing the habits to create this kind of lifestyle takes work. If you find yourself in this situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out- I’d be happy to help you change your life!