Splenda and Stevia, Is one better than the other when it comes to managing blood sugar levels?
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With artificial sweeteners sometimes being a subject of controversy, should you try either? We’re about to compare the pros and cons of Splenda and Stevia.
1) Splenda is not the name of the artificial sweetener in question. It’s a brand, the one best known for containing the actual artificial sweetening agent, called SUCRALOSE.
2) Sucralose actually starts as sugar. But through a manufacturing process, three chlorine atoms are replaced by a hydrogen-oxygen group of atoms. This creates a sweetening product with zero calories, but one that’s about 600 times sweeter than table sugar!
3) Sucralose products contain zero calories per packet and come in under 1 gram of carbohydrates.
4) Research has shown that artificial sweeteners can still trick the human body into releasing insulin, even when it’s not needed. This process is known as CEPHALIC PHASE INSULIN RELEASE.
5) A possible risk of over-consuming extra-sweet sugar substitutes, like Sucralose, is that, just like with real sugar, it can re-wire your brain to crave high levels of sweetness.
6) Stevia isn’t artificial, it’s actually derived from a plant. The Stevia leaf can be about 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, so, just like Splenda, you won’t need much to get a large helping of sweetness.
7) The nutrition of Stevia is similar to Sucralose. It has an insignificant amount of calories or carbohydrates, but the amounts may vary depending on which specific Stevia product you use.
8) Stevia can also make you feel full for longer, and it may help to lower your bad cholesterol levels while raising the good.
9) Studies have shown that it’s unlikely for this natural sugar substitute to have much of an impact on glucose levels. In fact, one study found that Stevia may actually have the ability to lower blood sugar levels.