Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sweetener 'makes you fat and could dampen the effect of some medicines'
By Sean Poulter
Last updated at 7:40 AM on 21st October 2008
Splenda, a sweetener used as a sugar replacement, has been linked to weight gain
The effectiveness of calorie-free sweetener Splenda is in question after a controversial study linked it to weight gain.
There are also suggestions that it could dampen the effect of some medicines.
The sweetener, known generically as sucralose, is the preferred sugar alternative of millions of dieters while top brands use it to create diet versions of popular products.
Splenda has an advantage over other artificial sweeteners because
it is made from sugar, which gives it a natural appeal.
However, the results of the latest study in the U.S. have raised questions over its effectiveness as an aid to weight loss.
Researchers who fed rats different doses of Splenda over 12 weeks found the animals put on more weight than a control group not given the sweetener.
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