Easter is one of the biggest holidays for Americans to spend money on candy. In fact, Americans last year spent about 2.6 billion dollars on Easter candy. This puts it right alongside Halloween, which spent about 2.7 billion last year. The problem with this phenomenon, is that Americans are eating way too much sugar, and a large amount of it is fake (Thedailyrecord). Splenda, the leading fake sweetener, is used in brands such as Peeps and Russell Stover, and is made with artificial sucralose. This large transition from using traditional sugars to now artificial ones, can have many consequences. In a study from George Washington University, it was found that the more sucralose the cells received, the more fat they wanted to create. This meant that the sucralose would make the cells fatter. Many other studies also show that sucralose, along with other artificial sweeteners, can cause many other health issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abdominal obesity. This article in Stansberry, acknowledges that there could be some overkill here; if you have some chocolate, go for a walk. Some intake of artificial sweeteners is not destined to make you fat, but generally speaking, because these sweeteners are low calorie, they may trigger the body to want more food intake to make up for the deficit. This paradox is interesting, and could be an issue for consumers, because low calorie sweeteners are marketed as a way for foods to maintain their flavor, while having less calories.
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