By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2014-03-27 15:33:03 -0500
Started 2014-03-24 06:55:37 -0500

Is it safe to use splenda in moderation. So many pros and cons

18 replies

haoleboy 2014-03-24 15:05:27 -0500 Report

I subscribe to three 'universal truths' …
1) Everything in moderation
2) If the issue has a lot of hyperbole on both sides of the discussion, the truth lies some where in the middle
3) YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) or one sizes does not fit all


MrsCDogg 2014-03-24 14:53:44 -0500 Report

If I use a sweetener it's Splenda. It's a personal choice just like anything else you choose to eat. To my way of thinking all things in moderation. My weakness is salt and butter.

robertoj 2014-03-24 13:54:50 -0500 Report

I hardly ever use sweeteners of any kind. I mostly drink water. When I drink coffee or green tea I enjoy them plain. I eat cereal without sweeteners either.

jayabee52 2014-03-24 12:35:00 -0500 Report

Howdy Fluffy!

I have had a bad experience with Slenda (Sucralose) long before I heard any negatives about it. I would consume it regularly in a soda. After I consumed 2 sodas containing Splenda, I would have explosive diarrhea about 1 or 2 hours later, and I couldn't understand why for the longest time. Eventually it dawned on me that I had consumed sodas containing Splenda. I stopped those sodas and my dirrhea problems ceased.

Later I found out the negative reports about Splenda, from people like Dr Joe Mercola here ~ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar... to Dr Josh Axe ~ http://draxe.com/splenda-side-effects/ and even the US Consumer Prpducts Safety Commission has downgraded Splenda from "Safe" to "caution" see ~ http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/2624...

And even though Snopes claims Splenda is safe ~ http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/splenda.asp (say Snopes can't be bought by McNeil Nutritionals)

An article abstract from "pub med" from the US govt tells of some disturbing results of studies performed. Look here ~ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291.

Sure Splenda may not kill a person outright, but there is a great deal of negative information about Splenda from people who have nothing to gain from this information.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker.

GabbyPA 2014-03-24 09:22:29 -0500 Report

It boils down to how you feel when you consume it. I stopped using it because it really messes with my body. It's slow and subtle, and I didn't realize it until I went off aspartame and splenda. I felt so much better. Some people don't get bothered by it, but some do.

JaredLahti 2014-03-24 08:36:37 -0500 Report

I have read stories of artificial sweeteners causing all kinds of things. I have epilepsy and my wife worried that diet soda would cause me to have seizures. I talked to my neurologist and he said that artificial sweeteners are not the best thing for you but all these so called reports of them causing seizures and cancer is bogus.

Type1Lou 2014-03-24 08:16:46 -0500 Report

All I can tell you is that I opt to use Splenda as I believe it is less harmful to me, as a diabetic, than is sugar and corn syrup. You will find many people who maintain that ANY artificial sweetener is bad ( author/pharmacist Suzy Cohen comes to mind). Weigh the pros and cons, determine what you can do without, and act accordingly.

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-03-24 10:53:21 -0500 Report

The word I am tired of hearing attached to Splenda is "poison." The way I see it, Splenda and its cousins aspartame, saccharin, etc, are not good for us. But neither is the excessive sugar we consume, and for a diabetic, it is much more important to me to reduce sugar intake for the sake of BG than to freak out about its replacements. It is not poison; if it were, I would have died long ago, but I am healthy, happy, and active. Splenda in moderation, just like sugar in moderation, is perfectly safe and fine as long as you aren't allergic or otherwise negatively affected.

jayabee52 2014-03-25 18:26:38 -0500 Report

Chris that is fine. The "I would have died long ago" argument is beside the point. Not all poisons kill you right away. Alcohol is a poison too, and it kills one slowly, especially if one develops alcoholism. An alternative word for "drunk" is inTOXICation.

Your zeal to reduce sugar intake is laudable but if you have to replace sugar, find a safer, natural substitute (like stevia or its more commercial offshoots) at least do not consume something which does a little bit of damage to you whenever you ingest it. Stevia is not good for people, it is not good for our environment.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2014-03-27 15:32:23 -0500 Report

I'm not saying to go to town on it. I just don't believe 'poison' is the right word, even though it is THE trend word to attach to artificial sweeteners, and so many other things. Is fat, cholesterol, or water a poison? Absolutely not. But if you overdo intake of any of these, you can die. I feel "poison" is overstating it. It is rhetoric I'm tired of hearing. Sure, there are sugar alternatives considered to be safer, just like the others used to be considered 'safe' but I don't believe that "not good for you" is the same as "poison." Know what is not good for you? Sugar in the quantities we consume them. Heavy sugar intake will cause all sorts of problems and is likely to end your life sooner. That doesn't make it poison. Splenda is not literally poison. It is just not good for you.

haoleboy 2014-03-25 19:25:17 -0500 Report

I do not use Splenda (sucralose) however …
it was considered 'safe' until a study on 843 mice that were fed sucralose from the time they were fetuses until death and found a higher incidence of leukemia in some mice.
I'm not eating it anytime soon, but not quite sure it qualifies as 'poison'/ to humans, yet.


haoleboy 2014-03-25 19:28:02 -0500 Report

the Doctor that performed that study did recommend that pregnant women and children not consume sucralose

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