Here are a few fun facts for you, you can decide for yourself if you want to drink/eat sucralose or not, I’m not forcing you to do things one way or another. I am just offering up different options in case you are like myself and happen to be allergic to it, or would like to avoid it.
A study by Y.F. Sasaki published in the 2002 ”Journal of Mutation Research” concluded that high doses of sucralose led to DNA damage in the gastrointestinal organs of mice. The dose given was 2,000 mg per kg of body weight.
In 2006 the Department of Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA, USA.concluded that sucralose was a migraine inducer.
There have only been six human trials to date, the longest study that was done was only 3 months long, hardly long enough to figure out long-term effects that this could have on your system. No studies have been done on pregnant women or children.
Other studies have shown that one packet of sucralose per day for the average person can raise your pH levels and in large consumptions can even have adverse effects on the liver and kidneys.
Another study showed that it could affect insulin levels in those who have diabetes, even though it contains 0 calories. Researchers found that consuming the sucralose was associated with higher blood sugar peaks and 20 percent higher insulin levels compared with consuming the water, though they noted more studies are needed to determine the actual health effects of a 20 percent increase in insulin.
Splenda can cause allergic reactions, which include; migraines, abdominal pain and cramping, constricted airway, dizziness, diarrhea, foot swelling, nausea, vomiting, seizures, tinnitis (ringing of the ears), skin rash.
I happen to fall into the allergic reaction with constricted airways. If you want to drink the mixes that come with the sodastream then by all means, do so! I am not stopping you and they are there for your enjoyment. I was only offering up different options that are healthier and wouldn’t cause me to have an allergic reaction. Some of the syrup mixtures that I listed did contain about 100 calories per serving, however compared to the 250 calories in a regular soda drink, it’s still cutting calories for the average soda drinker.
If you don’t like a recipe, then pass on it! It’s a pretty simple concept. :)