Sucralose is an artificial sweetener often found in the little yellow packets next to the sugar on restaurant tables. While it may seem like a good idea for anyone concerned about eating too much sugar, recent studies have shown that sucralose, as well as other artificial sweeteners, can have a harmful effect on your body.

Artificial sweeteners were created and marketed as a great way of avoiding the calories and other problems of regular sugar without any adverse consequences. However, you may have heard already about the growing number of studies showing the connection between health issues, like obesity or decreased insulin efficiency, and artificial sweeteners.

Olumia Life does not recommend significant use of any artificial sweeteners. While this covers saccharine, aspartame and others, it’s also important to note that each sweetener may be marketed as different from the rest. Make no mistake; they are all trouble.

The sucralose study

Researchers at St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine took a small group of obese people whom did not have diabetes but did have poor Insulin Efficiency. As lead researcher M. Yanina Pepino, PhD. explains, “We wanted to study this population because these sweeteners frequently are recommended to them as a way to make their diets healthier by limiting calorie intake.”

The researchers then gave participants either sucralose or water before performing a glucose-challenge test on them. They then measured blood sugar levels and insulin levels. After one repeat of the test researchers found sucralose to be far from inert.

“When study participants drank sucralose, their blood sugar peaked at a higher level than when they drank only water before consuming glucose,”said Pepino, “Insulin levels also rose about 20 percent higher. So the artificial sweetener was related to an enhanced blood insulin and glucose response.”

The study was published in Diabetes Care.

What this means for you

Sugar intake control is a central focus of your nutrition in Olumia Life. With that being said, artificial sweeteners have too many harmful side effects to be a suitable alternative. As long as you follow the recommended ratios, some sugar is not necessarily a bad thing. Fruits, for example, have sugar, but are a great source of energy, vitamins, etc., and are not limited in the nutrition plan. They can help keep you satisfied between meals.

It may seem difficult to navigate all the conflicting information that seems to surface thanks to marketing and other less-than-forthright outlets. The Olumia Life nutrition plan is customized to your needs without denying you the things you like. Variety is important to the long-term success of your complete health goals. A sweet on occasion isn’t so bad, you just need to know what to do during your other meals.

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