Science Review Reveals Sucralose Consumption Hurts Your Fitness Gains
Over the last decade, Sucralose has steadily made its way into over 90% of all sports supplement powders on the market. If you question this percentage, go to a local health food store and start reading labels. The surge in Sucralose use is fueled by its taste. It flat out makes bland protein, BCAA and other powders (even arginine) taste pretty good. Although a bit synthetic on the palate, it can be an addicting sweet taste.
So, what’s the problem? Sucralose wreaks havoc on your digestive system and blood sugar by causing insulin sensitivity issues that can hurt muscle gain while increasing fat. Recent research confirms what many bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts have felt for years. Here are four problems with Sucralose for the fitness athlete:
Sucralose creates an inability for insulin to do its job which includes muscle anabolism (muscle growth). 1, 2, 3
Sucralose can cause weight gain through insulin insensitivity. 4, 5, 6, 7
Sucralose has been shown to cause dizziness and migraines in some people 8, 9,as well as
metabolic disorders. 10, 11, 12
Sucralose causes gastrointestinal (stomach) problems through destruction of up to 50%
of your friendly bacteria in the gut. 13, 14, 15 This includes increased risk for Inflammatory
Bowel Disease 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 which symptoms include:
Bloating due to lack of friendly bacteria being destroyed by Sucralose
Gas from inability to break down food stuffs (mainly protein)
Inability to digest Proteins to Amino Acids, Carbohydrates to Glucose and Fats to
Fatty Acids (basically not letting your foods provide energy and growth)
This research blows a huge hole in prevailing beliefs surrounding the artificial sweetener. The real truth is Sucralose does affect your training goals and it does nothing to help reduce body fat or regulate blood sugar.
Healthy bowel flora is vital for the fitness athlete. Anytime you destroy healthy intestinal bacteria, you open yourself up to unfriendly micro-organisms that can cause low energy, poor digestion and other health problems. Your immune system, which is imperative for general health, is dependent on healthy gut flora. Artificial sweeteners potentially destroying half of your healthy gut bacteria is disconcerting, to say the least, for your gains—not to mention the discomfort of stomach bloat and gas.
Prevalence and Diagnosis of Sucralose Sensitivity:
Unfortunately, the adverse effects of Sucralose are oftentimes misdiagnosed or entirely overlooked. The side effects are so varied and mimic common ailments.
Keep in mind that if you’ve been using Sucralose for some time in your protein, BCAA or other powders, gastrointestinal problems and other related health issues may take three months or longer to improve. I would strongly suggest reseeding your gut with healthy bacteria to speed up the healing process. Your best bet is to regularly consume a high-quality probiotic supplement.
Answers To The Sucralose Problem And How To Retain Great Taste:
The answer, although normally hard to swallow, is actually pretty easy. Get off all products containing Sucralose. Read labels and, if it contains Sucralose, don’t buy it. If you have Sucralose in a product you are already taking, get rid of it.
There are a few companies that care about your gains and have formulated good tasting powders that are Sucralose-free. Look for sweeteners such as Stevia, Monk Fruit, or Xylitol (birchwood). A professional NBA World Champion team taste tested many different protein rich powders for their athletes including Sucralose containing powders. The great news is that the powder picked above all the others was the same powder Gains in Bulk came out with for the fitness athlete. It is called GIB-100. You can even get a free sample if you follow Gains in Bulk on Instagram at @gainsinbulk and tag a few friends.
Remember, research shows that it can take up to 3 months to get your system back to normal after you have gotten off of Sucralose. You can dramatically speed that process up by taking the “Athlete Digestive Formula.” ADF not only is the top digestive aid for fitness enthusiasts ensuring up to 127% better protein absorption, it also contains 9 strains of stabilized and acid resistant probiotics. These 9 friendly flora will re-colonize your bowel, quickly helping to eliminate gas and bloat.
We have already heard many great stories about fitness athletes speeding up their gains and feeling much better, especially in their core. We invite you to go on our website or Instagram and tell us about your gains after eliminating Sucralose. You’ll be entered for a chance to receive FREE protein and the ADF digestive supplement.