Do you use Splenda ?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2013-07-09 20:44:14 -0500
Started 2013-06-13 21:20:13 -0500

I just saw an article on the web, that now Splenda has been put on the "Caution List".

Here is the article :

Please read the article you may want to change your choice for a sugar substitute.

50 replies

Dr John
Dr John 2013-06-20 08:32:13 -0500 Report

Spenda triggers migraine headaches in people with migraine. Stevia makes my dog vomit. I look for plain sugar or evaporated cane juice in ingredients. Here is a something you don't know about labels. A manufacturer is only required to list the ingredients used, not what may be in the ingredients. For example, if a manufacturer adds hydrolyzed soy protein, which contains MSG, the label only has to say: hydrolyzed soy protein.

re1ndeer 2013-06-20 17:38:10 -0500 Report

Thank you for your informative information. Never heard of evaporated cane juice, or where it could even be found.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-06-21 01:05:40 -0500 Report

"Evaporated cane juice" is just plain sugar (or sucrose). Companies use that phrase for people who don't like read "sugar" in the ingredient list.

Be careful: often there is more than one type of sugar added. Check the nutritional label for the total amount of sugars.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-16 17:56:02 -0500 Report

There has been controversy surrounding splenda long before I was diagnosed. I do not buy into all the hype on the net about foods because if you think about it, there is something wrong with everything we eat or drink. A lot of this controversy is stirred up by the media who puts its own spin on something. I don't use it, I use equal because I don't like how it changes the flavor of coffee or tea. Some people said it doesn't change the flavor to them. There are times when we have to stop believing everything we read and if it is coming from someones blog, I really would not believe it.

iena 2013-06-16 19:20:04 -0500 Report

No I dont used spendler norany sweetner I used suger just for the tast
When I used sweetner I make me feel sick

iena 2013-06-16 19:19:54 -0500 Report

No I dont used spendler norany sweetner I used suger just for the tast
When I used sweetner I make me feel sick

re1ndeer 2013-06-16 18:48:06 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response. After I posted this article from this blog, I had noticed it elsewhere on the web.
I totally agree with you, everything has something wrong. Like the scare with coffee a few years back, it was good, then not, and then again good.
Who knows, I believe you have to take a grain of salt with everything that we read. Thanks again for responding.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-17 20:10:14 -0500 Report

Re1ndeer I just saw an article on Yahoo. "9 Foods to Never Eat" I read yogurt and quit reading. According to the media and bloggers, nothing is safe to eat.

re1ndeer 2013-06-17 21:08:14 -0500 Report

I so agree, if you don't grow it your self or butcher it yourself. Then you have to be careful what you eat.
I'm trying to stay with natural foods, nothing processed. But, at times I wish I had all the time and money in the world to do away with all the chemicals that are put in foods.
Thanks for responding.

iena 2013-06-16 12:59:48 -0500 Report

I dont used suger sub, I used real suger just a little I eat any thing (but) just alittle not much .
My # ar 109. 98 120 130 in the morn. It in the midday ar the highest 220 198 260

GabbyPA 2013-06-16 07:15:40 -0500 Report

I don't use Splenda, Equal or Sugar Twin or their contemporaries. I do use Truvia, Raw Sugar, Stevia and Sugar blends, and Molasses. Occasionally I will use Raw Agave or Honey. The best thing I have found is just try to reduce the use of sweet in most things. You can cut back on the natural stuff in a recipe sometimes and it's better than using a substitute.

re1ndeer 2013-06-16 07:29:54 -0500 Report

Thank you for responding Gabby. Do you still grow Stevia?

I know a while back you got a plant and were going to grow your own.

Sorry, I posted before reading your answer below.

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-15 17:38:59 -0500 Report

Where do you find coconut palm sugar? I've never seen it anywhere.

jigsaw 2013-06-15 18:02:52 -0500 Report

It's sold in many supermarkets, and I'm pretty sure it is sold in Trader Joe's. A last resort would be a health food store, but the price would be higher of course.

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-15 18:06:13 -0500 Report

We don't have Trader Joe's here in Austin, but we've got Whole Foods and Sprouts. I'll try those places. Thanks!

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-15 17:37:56 -0500 Report

True, stevia usually has an extra ingredient. Most often I see erythritol as the second ingredient, but it is possible to find pure stevia. I'm not sure if erythritol is a concern, but it's surely not as bad as aspartame.

re1ndeer 2013-06-15 18:10:03 -0500 Report

I think that the only way you can find "Pure Stevia," is if you grow it yourself.
Our Advocate Gabby, grows Stevia in her backyard I believe.

jigsaw 2013-06-15 14:03:30 -0500 Report

Actually, one could find pros and cons to every sweetner out there. I use Splenda and Stevia. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to get Stevia without some sort of filler mixed with it. The most common filler is Maltodexterin commonly mixed with most brands of Stevia. Regardless, I still think that Splenda, and Stevia are two of the safer choices available. I suspect that you would have to consume extremely large quantities beyond the norm to be affected negatively.
Another interesting choice is Coconut palm sugar! It's very low in carbs, and as safe as coconuts. Tastes like sugar, and it's quite sweet.

re1ndeer 2013-06-15 15:54:56 -0500 Report

I use Stevia in the raw, it does not list Maltodexterin on the label, but that doesn't mean it isn't in there.
I was never a fan of Splenda, I tried it when it first came out .
I thank you for your opinion, I never even heard of coconut palm sugar. I'm going to take a look at that, and see how that works for me. Thank you again.

jigsaw 2013-06-15 16:41:48 -0500 Report

Here is an interesting and informative link. Make sure you read the ingredient list at the bottom. It shows the ingredients for Stevia in the raw as well as other sweetners.

GabbyPA 2013-06-16 07:05:34 -0500 Report

That was a very good blog article. That is why I try to find a way to do it myself. I can't afford the health food store stuff. Mine is just plain. I've tried to make tinctures with it, but I have not succeeded yet.

jigsaw 2013-06-16 12:13:14 -0500 Report

I wish I had the patience to grow some Stevia, as well as some veges and fruits. I tried about two years ago, and the insect attacks were a pain. Maybe I'll come raid your garden in the wee hours! Then, I could tell all the DC members about how you grow my Stevia. (-; Don't worry, I'm just playin with ya.

re1ndeer 2013-06-15 18:07:40 -0500 Report

I looked at the blog, very interesting article. I then went into my kitchen and actually looked at the bag of Stevia in the raw, it lists as ingredients as Maltodextrin and Stevai Leaf Extract.
You are so right in the fact that every sweetner, you have to take a quick look at. Some work for some not . There still are out there those little pink packets of sweetner, that were out there for so long, and people still use them.

jigsaw 2013-06-16 12:18:54 -0500 Report

Well, I guess there are those that have a great deal of blind faith in the FDA. I'm surprised they don't have an extra appendage or two growing out of their bodies!

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-15 12:29:40 -0500 Report

I use Stevia. It's a natural substance derived from the Rebiana (stevia) plant. It's been used in Japan for hundreds of years with no ill effect, but it only made it to the US relatively recently, due to lots of FDA red tape.

re1ndeer 2013-06-15 12:46:53 -0500 Report

I too use Stevia. But, I thought it would be informative to let other members know about the article on Splenda, as many members use it.

Thank you for responding.

Type1Lou 2013-06-14 15:44:02 -0500 Report

It is good that the effects of Splenda are being studied and thanks for the link. Until more is known about the Italian study (e.g. quantity of Splenda given to the lab mice and frequency), and until it's vetted by other scientists and further studies, it's downgrading may have been premature. Splenda is my artificial sweetener of choice and will continue to be until more is known. Most, if not all, of the artificial sweeteners have been put on a "caution" list. Suzy Cohen, in her book "Diabetes Without Drugs" would have us avoid any artificial sweetener aas well as many of our over-processed and enriched foods since she believes they are a causative factor in many of our ailments. Right now, I believe that elevated BG levels present more of a risk to me than the occasional use of Splenda as a sweetener…but it's a choice we all must make, the more informed that choice, the better.

re1ndeer 2013-06-14 17:41:48 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response. I was only letting everyone know what the article said. And let the consumer make the choice whether or not they will continue to use the product.

correctionsnurse1 2013-06-14 12:27:14 -0500 Report

Honestly, I would reconsider the source of this information, but that's just my opinion. I use Splenda in my coffee every morning. Everything is "bad" for you, just remember moderation. I am sticking with Splenda.

re1ndeer 2013-06-14 17:42:57 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response and your opinion, I was letting the consumer only know what was said in the article. I did not make any judgements on the product myself.

crazeknot 2013-06-14 00:54:16 -0500 Report

I've been cutting back of all thing, that sweetened. I use Splenda Blends brown & sugar when baking so my sil can have some of the things I bake. He's the one w/ diabetes.. Thanks for the article okiegirl13271. Now I'll be looking for something else!!!

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