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Sucralose: é good or bad for he althúde?

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Sucralose: é good or bad for he althúde?
Sucralose: é good or bad for he althúde?

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener made from natural sugar, present in fruits and vegetables, and which has the power to sweeten up to 600 times more than regular sugar. Sucralose has no calories and is widely used by the food industry to sweeten products such as soft drinks, cakes and juices.

In addition, sucralose is also found in pharmacies, supermarkets and he alth food stores, being consumed by people with diabetes to sweeten foods such as coffee and juices, replacing sugar. Sucralose is also used by people who want to lose weight, as it sweetens without leaving a residual taste in food and without adding calories to the diet.

However, more recent studies have shown that sucralose can cause dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of the intestinal flora, thus altering the metabolism of hormones and increasing the risk of problems such as obesity, diabetes or intolerance to lactose. Know the symptoms and learn how to prevent dysbiosis.


Is sucralose bad for you?

Sucralose is a sweetener considered safe when ingested within the recommended amounts, and can be consumed even by pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children.

However, more recent studies have shown that sucralose can cause some changes in the intestinal flora and in the levels of several hormones in the body, favoring situations such as:

  1. Promote weight gain: the sweetener alters the composition of the intestinal flora, which sends signals to the brain, causing an imbalance in the release of hormones responsible for controlling hunger;
  2. May Promote Dysbiosis: Sucralose can alter the amount and types of good bacteria and “bad” bacteria in the gut, causing dysbiosis and leading to symptoms such as diarrhea, lactose intolerance, gas, excessive tiredness or mood swings. Know what it is see how to treat dysbiosis;
  3. Can cause diabetes: Although it does not directly raise blood sugar levels, sucralose stimulates sweet taste receptors on the tongue, intestine and stomach, transmitting signals to the brain and stimulating the release of insulin into the blood which, in excess, can cause insulin resistance and, consequently, diabetes.

Also, some studies indicate that when heated, sucralose can release toxic substances, increasing the risk of some types of cancer. However, there is still no scientific proof of this relationship.

Recommended amount of sucralose

The recommended intake amount of sucralose for an adult is 5 mg/kg of body weight per day. For a person weighing 60 kg, the recommended intake of sucralose would be 300 mg per day, for example.

According to the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, children should only use sweeteners from 2 years of age, in cases of diabetes and following the guidance of a pediatrician regarding the type and amount.

See nutritionist Tatiana Zanin for some tips on using sweeteners:

Can diabetics consume?

Sucralose is a sweetener that can be consumed by diabetics, as it helps to reduce the intake of white sugar in the diet, favoring the balance of glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

However, sucralose has a sweet taste that also stimulates the release of insulin, which can cause an imbalance in blood sugar levels. That's why it's important to use sweeteners in moderation and, whenever possible, try to consume foods unsweetened.

Difference between sucralose and stevia

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that sweetens up to 600 times that of regular sugar and has no aftertaste, being very well tolerated and, therefore, used in various types of preparations, such as cakes, juices, coffees or teas.

Stevia is a natural sweetener made from the Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni plant. This sweetener has the power to sweeten up to 300 times more than common sugar, however it has a slightly bitter taste, and therefore can change the taste of some preparations. Understand all the benefits and see how to use stevia.

Benefits of sucralose

Sucralose is a sweetener that helps reduce the amount of calories in food, being a good option to replace sugar in the diet for those who want to maintain their weight or for people who want to lose weight.

Because it is a sweetener that is not metabolized by microorganisms in the mouth, sucralose can be a good option to replace white sugar and help prevent tooth decay. Discover other ways to prevent cavities.

In addition, moderate consumption of sucralose can help control blood glucose and insulin levels, and can replace white sugar in the diet of people with diabetes.

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