Splenda, Good for you?

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2017-01-02 02:43:14 -0600
Started 2014-08-05 10:58:01 -0500

I have used Splenda for years, believing it was safe. A nurse friend told me it is much worse for me than sugar. So to the Internet I went and typed in the following questions: 1) what is dextrose? 2) what is maltodextrin? 3) What is sucralose? these are the 3 ingredients in splenda.
So go ahead and ask. Do not go to the Splenda site as they tell you the "good" stuff. When you get to the article that says Sucralose is 300,000 times more likely to cause cancer than DDT (a banned pesticide), give your splenda packages to an enemy. So i am back to raw sugar, agave, and stevia.

152 replies

Kittiebitty 2017-01-02 02:43:14 -0600 Report

I cannot consume any artifical diet sweeteners per the FODMAP diet. They make me incredibly sick. I eat true sugar. I don't add sugar to really anything, but coffee is with real sugar. . . .real sugar candy. . . .regular soda. . . .you get the picture. I eat sugar with extreme caution and moderation.

HIPPIEPRINCESS 2015-11-19 14:38:04 -0600 Report

I used to use Splenda. Then a couple of years ago, I discovered Monk Fruit in the Raw. My Dr. approves of it. It's a good natural alternative to sugar & doesn't have the horrid aftertaste of Stevia. I tried Stevia once & found it to be too sickeningly sweet with a vile aftertaste.

MzVon 2015-10-29 00:42:17 -0500 Report

General consensus is then that stevia is the healthier sweetener of choice? I have an issue with aspartame so I went for Splenda which doesn't bother me as much. Baking and sweetening works with stevia too? I've read it's sweeter than sugar so you need to adjust for that in recipes is there a conversion chart on the label or anything? Those of you that use it what brands and where do I find it? Has anyone had an allergic reaction to it that you know of?

Kazza69 2015-10-27 22:18:58 -0500 Report

Im a T1 diabetic, and feel like i cant win, I have used all the commercial sweetners just for my diabetic nurse to tell me i am doing damage to my body, yet i cant have normal sugar so what am i to do? go against all my diabetic staff and use sugar or keep killing myself and use sweetners, which i only use in my coffee..i cook with sugar as its too expensive otherwise

jayabee52 2015-10-28 03:24:17 -0500 Report

Howdy Kazza
Have you tried stevia or its commercially produced substitute sweeteners,Purvia or Truvia?

There is another product called WheyLow ~ http://www.wheylow.com/ which is a combination of Lactose and Fructose and doesn't raise one's BG as high as sucrose. Perhaps you could investigate that also

God's best to you

Kazza69 2015-10-28 18:36:33 -0500 Report

Hi James
Thanks for the suggestions. I have not heard or Purvia, Truvia or WheyLow…possibly because I live in australia and half the stuff available oversea is not available to us here, but i will look into this more

Kazza69 2015-10-28 18:36:04 -0500 Report

Hi James
Thanks for the suggestions. I have not heard or Purvia, Truvia or WheyLow…possibly because I live in australia and half the stuff available oversea is not available to us here, but i will look into this more

LadyK55 2015-11-09 07:36:14 -0600 Report

Amazon! I purchase a lot of my cake decorating supplies from Australia and the UK, Amazon is a "Life Saver" sometimes; I purchase my test strips through them as well.

Kazza69 2015-11-09 20:31:13 -0600 Report

thankyou LadyK55, i would never had thought of looking on Amazon, will be putting an order in

Kazza69 2015-10-28 18:35:51 -0500 Report

Hi James
Thanks for the suggestions. I have not heard or Purvia, Truvia or WheyLow…possibly because I live in australia and half the stuff available oversea is not available to us here, but i will look into this more

Kazza69 2015-10-28 18:35:41 -0500 Report

Hi James
Thanks for the suggestions. I have not heard or Purvia, Truvia or WheyLow…possibly because I live in australia and half the stuff available oversea is not available to us here, but i will look into this more

jigsaw 2015-10-20 18:22:15 -0500 Report

I have heard the splenda story also! I know that sugars can do damage , and even kill under certain circumstances. I know of no legit scientific proof that splenda is dangerous to humans.
Here is some interesting info worth digesting. Enjoy the read !


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-10-21 13:37:09 -0500 Report

The red flags that i get on any scientific study are 1) who authorized the study? 2) who paid for the study? 3) who tends to benefit from the "results" of this study? 4) how "scientific" were their testing procedures? 5) can the study be repeated by another group and get the same results? 6) if there is a second study, did the same group that financed the first study finance the second one too? go ahead, add your own, but these are the ones that come to my mind and i wanted to write them down before I forgot them!

jigsaw 2015-10-21 14:26:19 -0500 Report

Absolutely valid points that you make ! I ask the same questions, when examining or evaluating the worth of a study. But in this case, I think the point is moot. Simply put, I don't really know if Splenda is safe, or dangerous. I don't think anyone else does either. Scientifically speaking, the safety of Splenda is still being evaluated. My guess, we are the guinea pigs !

jigsaw 2015-10-21 17:50:38 -0500 Report

According to the last studies that I read, guinea pigs do not oink, they go squeak, or is it purrrr? Hmmm, I'm not really sure, Anyway, I'll have to check to see who funded the study. (-;

jigsaw 2015-10-20 16:24:04 -0500 Report

!@#$% !!! Just can't win !

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-10-20 16:31:04 -0500 Report

Good, this is the first sign of you healing. You will be soon admitted to the House of the Rising Sun. or is it hotel California where you can check in but never check out? I don't know. this alzheimer's is getting bad, i can't remember what that forgetting disease is called. Oh wait! I remember now it is Alzheimer's! and the little train goes round and round…

KarmannGhiaChristy 2015-10-03 02:57:39 -0500 Report

I use Stevia at home, but usually Sweet & Low when I'm out. Agave has too many carbs for me.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-10-05 11:53:50 -0500 Report

I use Agave as I use honey, very rarely, very sparingly. S&L gives me a headache, even in small amounts, so I either drink water or i have these "pills" in a tin that sweeten a drink. Maybe i will read what they are! I use to know.

haoleboy 2015-07-06 18:30:23 -0500 Report

in that one teaspoon of sugar would be 10% of my entire daily carb allowance I think I'll be sticking with aspartame

jigsaw 2015-10-20 16:32:46 -0500 Report

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I thought aspartame is a proven carcinogen! Coca cola or Pepsi, I forget which one, is replacing aspartame with Splenda, as of January 2016.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-10-20 16:35:33 -0500 Report

Don't know if it is or not, but it gives me a headache for about an hour or so. finally gave up all soda, except last week. last week i was hugging the porcelain throne and ginger ale was the only thing I could keep down.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-07-06 19:04:32 -0500 Report

yep it is 1 carb of the 15 that make a serving. I don't drink coffee or tea (much) and I have been able to refrain from putting it in my water or milk, so far. Aspartame gives me debilitating headaches. I do okay with the other sweeteners.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-07-06 14:22:28 -0500 Report

With all that is said below, if you are looking to sweeten your tea or coffee, I think a teaspoon of real sugar isn't too bad. I am sure most of us have committed far worse diabetic sins!

Grandmama16 2015-06-09 21:12:53 -0500 Report

Stevia is good but not Truvia which has other stuff. i use generic Splenda for cooking but rarely in coffee. I use liguid flavored creamer. Not non fat or sugarless. It's my personal treat as is real butter. So, I'll buy Stevia now for making maybe sweet tea. Agave, I've heard, is not a good choice.

taipan 2015-04-24 17:19:44 -0500 Report

my question is can anything be good for that has to be modified to be fit for human consumption?
that said, i don't use any of the artificial sweetners (they just taste nasty to me) and try to stay away from processed foods ( guess i was doing primal before it was a thing…lol)

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-04-24 06:15:49 -0500 Report

All I know…is that since I have given up splenda I am losing an additional pound a week…I no longer get gassy and I am finally completely regular ( sorry but digestive health is key to overall health so I mention it)…

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-04-24 13:10:00 -0500 Report

If you ever want to have a miserable life, just plug up your pooper station. So much depends on that.

Kalisiin 2015-07-22 21:40:42 -0500 Report

Indeed. You will spend a lot of time walking around the beach, wondering why you're getting larger, LOL.


Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-07-23 11:03:54 -0500 Report

Oh that is worse. Had an uncle who did that for 30 years and my Dad had it for 3 months. He said, "Never again"

lanykins 2015-04-22 12:00:34 -0500 Report

I like and eat Splenda. Usually I only see Splenda or Equal offered wherever I eat. Splenda does not have aspartame which is not good for you. So, I am eating Splenda. I live in a senior center and they only serve the two I mentioned. I don't have the ability to get out and look at other sweeteners.

Kalisiin 2015-07-05 16:56:35 -0500 Report

Maybe you could talk them into getting you some Stevia. It's not terribly expensive!
If not…then tell us where you're at, if you are near me I will smuggle some in for you, and I am sure others here would be willing to do the same if you're near them.

appalling to me if a senior center will not get for their residents…what is best for their residents (especially when Stevia probably even costs LESS than Splenda)

I get a big box of 80 packets of Stevia (100 percent natual Stevia, it says on the box) generic store brand, for under three dollars a box.

lanykins 2015-07-05 18:21:43 -0500 Report

I have started buying Stevia on my own. I use it in my apartment and take it with me to dinner. I get boxes of 50 packets and they are more expensive than Splenda, but I like the flavor and it's better for me. I buy Stevia in the Raw.

Cat Weaver
Cat Weaver 2015-03-10 13:20:27 -0500 Report

Not trying to counter claim here just adding some more information that I have come across, before my diagnosis I was trying to improve my health and had investigated a few of the "fake sugar's" to see which was safer, and I had my concerns with Splenda as well, however after a recent visit (just a month ago) to the ICU I gained some knowledge that has made me decided that I trust Splenda (and its my preferred substitute as far as flavor/texture goes.) A nurse informed me that most studies on rats and other small creatures are preformed injesting an average human size dose of the product being tested, thats easily 100x the amount per body weight what we will ingest, after recieveing that information I discussed it with the on staff Doctor and have plans to further discuss it with my PCP and other members of my diabetic managment team. In short I'd like to advise you all to check how the product was tested and what the percentages of infection/desies was for the test subjects. You never truely know what is good or bad for you unless your the scientist doing the testing as we are lied to so much by m,anufacture's and the opposing side trying to protect there pocket books, ultimately its who you want to turst when your health is concerned, Just make sure to check, double check, and have other people research as well. Specifically where cancer and Hypo/Hyper glycemia is concerned you can never be to careful!!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-03-10 13:44:14 -0500 Report

I don't care if you counter my claim, that is why they call this a discussion! My main contention is that they market it as "real sugar", when in fact it (dextrose) is a manufactured sugar to which they add CL2 (chlorine) to it in the process of changing it.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-03-10 00:24:27 -0500 Report

I use stevia is great !

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-03-10 10:58:45 -0500 Report

Yes, I have changed to Stevia, Agave, and raw sugar. Eliminated sweet tea, yes even with stevia. Working on smoothing out the roller coaster and trying to find out the triggers. I have determined some things that set it high, but then i have those days when all of my intake has been good and i play the guessing game (I say 128) and smile because i know i will be close and it came in at 425! Heck, I was ready to make myself a milkshake and chase it down with a 6 pack. Lucky for me, I had no ice cream and no beer. I conjecture that it was wither the sinus meds or the pain meds I was on.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-03-10 17:28:41 -0500 Report

I use stevia because it doesn't elevate my sugar. I don't use sugar unless I have the exact carbs. on the product. I use insulin pump, put in the blood sugar and carbs. and activate.

YankeeLady 2015-03-01 16:36:32 -0600 Report

right == you got it right now — Stevia is what I use and have for yrs—only in my coffee or tea— I have worn out a computer researching these ingredients and more — trying to get it right — am doing quite well — hope you are also - blessings to ya

melodynelson11@yahoo.com 2015-01-21 19:50:05 -0600 Report

wow and ive used splenda for years.I just learned something new.Well looks like trash the diet soda drinks with splenda.

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-19 20:39:21 -0600 Report

I have done some research after being diagnosed with a 4.5 cm mass on my liver that the Dr's believed was cancer. Thank the Lord it was not. What the CT showed was that it was a hemangioma (bunch of blood vessels). Anyway, I came across and article about Splenda and switched to Simple Truth Organic Stevia with Reb A and love it!

testalot 2014-08-19 14:28:13 -0500 Report

Yup…I have heard that Splenda (which I still use) is super bad for u. That being said if I were to listen to what the media bombards me with every single day I'd never leave the house, let alone get out of bed. with all that's gone wrong with me over the last 5 years I could honestly care less. Ya…Splenda is probably bad for u, but so is crossing the road and staring at the sun for 2 long. Point is, with the balancing act I play every day just 2 feel half normal I've come 2 just appreciate the time I have. I enjoy Spenda…hell, even the occasional cigarette and I've come to the conclusion that I am not going to live a banal existence of mediocrity. It's a major undertaking for me just 2 have a snack that is enjoyable so believe me I'm going to enjoy it. To hell with the experts. WOW! That rant felt gooood! LOL!

Jim1954 2015-01-18 15:34:03 -0600 Report

I'm with you. In the past 4 years I've gone from what I thought was a somewhat healthy old man (60) to now having diabetes, Cirrhosis or fatty liver, and copd. I've quit smoking, drinking and no more sugar in my coffee. There are a lot of days I think, why bother. Every other day I see something new that is going to track me down and kill me.

SLICK RED 2014-08-13 09:56:22 -0500 Report

Speaking of the devil I just sweeten my coffee with Splenda. This will be donated to the trash bin. Thanks for the tip!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-13 11:18:30 -0500 Report

Why waste it? Serve it to those you don't like or put it in their HVAC system so they inhale it. All sorts of good things. who knows, maybe it is a good insecticide!

jayabee52 2015-05-03 17:20:50 -0500 Report

Sometimes it seems the pests are smarter than us Jim.
I understand that they won't touch Splenda or any other artificial sweetner.

Rose67 2014-08-12 15:20:04 -0500 Report

Aspartame caused depression and vomiting for me. I also did not like the taste. Splenda and sugar acholol both caused diarrhea. I have not tried Stevia. I am Leary of all sugar substitute at this point. I did not have D when I used aspartame or when I used saccharine. Could not stomach saccharine, or the taste of it.

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-19 20:41:15 -0600 Report

Rose…I really recommend Stevia, not Stevia In The Raw, but the organic version.

lanykins 2015-07-05 18:29:48 -0500 Report

Where I can shop there is only Stevia in the Raw. Where do you find the organic version?

lanykins 2015-07-06 07:01:39 -0500 Report

Thank you. I don't know about Krogers here but I will check it out. I would like to get the organic Stevia if I can. I'm really struggling to get my body back on course since my toe amputation in January. My BS went wild in the rehab I was in and I can't get them stabilized with the insulin changes.

JoleneAL 2014-08-12 09:16:46 -0500 Report

I can't use raw sugar or agave - they spike my sugar to over 200 with just a half teaspoon. Stevia is like putting air in stuff (no taste at all). So I use Splenda. I personally do not have a problem with it.

Rose67 2014-08-11 04:33:32 -0500 Report

Very interesting article. I found I could not use any sugar substitute at all. I use regular sugar sparingly. I use fresh fruits to sweeten my cereals. I freeze fresh fruit for winter time without sugar. Add a touch of lemon and water to keep the coloring of your fruit. I also use honey sparingly, since it is locally made. Applesauce is also a good sweetener to use and also you can bake cakes or cookies with it as a substitute for half the sugar you use. Of course on rare occasions, and still have to count your carbs.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-11 13:36:47 -0500 Report

I am curious, Rose. If you would not mind sharing what those substitutes did to you it may help others. Example, aspartame, gives me very bad headaches. I had no physical trouble with splenda and never did like saccharin.

Gammy123 2014-08-10 21:56:27 -0500 Report

Hello there. I'm Gammy123 and i;m new with type 2 Diabetes it a little hard to know the thing to eat and not eat or what's good or not good. Can someone give me suggesting on this please.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-11 13:34:52 -0500 Report

hello Gammy, as you will find out the answer to your question is…It depends. PWD (people with diabetes) react to different foods in different ways. I think the summary of this post so far is that like Rose above you, you can use fruit, regular sugar, all in restricted amounts. You see your body does not really care where you get your sugar from, honey, fruits, white sugar, agave, it is just sugar. Your body may care where your sweeteners come from. PWD react in different ways. Example, I had no physical problems with Splenda, but as you see, it is not made from natural sugar and it contains no natural sugar. It is made from Dextrose a manufactured sugar and then has chlorine added to it and a few other things to make it into Splenda. So for me, it is Stevia, honey and agave, all in limited supply. As far as what you can and can't eat. you will need to watch your carb intake. Read the box! Also remember potatoes, corn and peas are carbs. Hope this helps. Feel free to start a discussion on this as you will get a lot more response. Jim

Pegsy 2014-08-08 16:35:27 -0500 Report

Most artificial sweeteners give me digestive problems. The only one that I have been able to use without problems is Stevia. I use it sparingly and allow myself a little sugar and real maple syrup now and then. For the most part, I just avoid sweetened things as much as possible.

jedabolin 2014-08-08 14:33:34 -0500 Report

I switched from sugar to Splenda at the recommendation of my doctor. Now your telling me that my bs could be higher on sp l Splenda then on sugar.and the ingredients can cause cancer. I wish I could just get the facts.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2014-08-08 14:59:44 -0500 Report

Jedabolin, hello. Doctors are not God. It is impossible for them to know everything about everything. It is unlikely that your BG will be higher using splenda, but from what I found, it is not sugar, it is not made from natural sugar and its ingredients are questionable. I am going to finish up the splenda I have and switch to Stevia. I will continue to use honey and agave, but very sparingly. The honeymoon with splenda is over.

TURITO19 2014-08-07 22:16:28 -0500 Report

Hi Steve, thanks. They're many links out there for research. Just google dextrose, maltodextrin, sucralose, aspartame