Splenda

jupton1
By jupton1 Latest Reply 2009-09-07 19:04:10 -0500
Started 2008-07-01 14:28:12 -0500

Observational evidence shows that there are side effects of Splenda, including skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain. These show up at one end of the spectrum — in the people who have an allergy or sensitivity to the sucralose molecule. But no one can say to what degree consuming Splenda affects the rest of us.

If this sounds familiar, it should: we went down the same path with aspartame, the main ingredient in Equal and NutraSweet. Almost all of the independent research into aspartame found dangerous side effects in rodents. The FDA chose not to take these findings into account when it approved aspartame for public use. Over the course of 15 years, those same side effects increasingly appeared in humans. Not in everyone, of course — but in those who were vulnerable to the chemical structure of aspartame.

As food additives, artificial sweeteners are not subject to the same gauntlet of FDA safety trials as pharmaceuticals. Most of the testing is funded by the food industry, which has a vested interest in the outcome. This can lead to misleading claims on both sides.

But one thing is certain: some of the chemicals that comprise artificial sweeteners are known hazards — the degree to which you experience side effects just depends on your individual biochemistry. Manufacturers are banking on the fact that our bodies won’t absorb very much of these compounds at any one time. And many of us don’t. But what happens when we are ingesting a combination of artificial sweeteners like Splenda dozens of times a week through many different “low–sugar” or “sugar–free” products?

People have been using artificial sweeteners for decades. Some react poorly, some don’t — the problem is, you never know until you’re already sick. Scientists are calling Splenda a mild mutagen, based on how much is absorbed. Right now, it’s anyone’s guess what portion of the population is being exposed to the dangers of Splenda or already suffering from Splenda side effects. Until an independent, unbiased research group conducts long-term studies on humans (six months is hardly long-term!), how can we be certain? With all the new Splenda products on our shelves, it looks as if we are now in the process of another grand public experiment — without our permission. And we may not know the health implications for decades. As with all things, time will unveil truth.


9 replies

love4dawgs
love4dawgs 2009-09-07 19:04:10 -0500 Report

I HAVE TRIED TO GET OFF SPLENDA, BUT TO NO SUCCESS. i GUESS I AM ADDICTED TO IT. I CRAVE SWEETNESS. HOW CAN I GET OFF, I DONT KNOW. MY AIC IS 6.1 AND I AM ON ALOT OF MEDICINE, THOUGH. WHO KNOWS WHAT IT IS DOING TO ME, AS WELL AS ALL THAT MEDICATI0N.

Charish
Charish 2008-07-14 10:57:32 -0500 Report

Hi Jupton1,

I use splenda but in moderation. I don't make it a habbit to put it in every thing that I eat. So far I've had no reactions to it, but I believe that it is based on the individual and level of diabetes you have. Some can use products that others can not. But I still find this to be interesting and I will be following the story.

Thanks

Charish

lennyc
lennyc 2008-07-04 08:37:20 -0500 Report

Wow
I use a lot of spleda maybe that is why I am dizzy all the time. pre diabetic 99 fasting glucose BMW 123 LENNY C

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-02 13:04:18 -0500 Report

Currently, I am reading
"Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May be Hazardous to Your Health"
by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Kendra Degen Pearsall.
It is not shining a very nice light on any artificial sweeteners...just the word "artificial" should be enough. I am using only stevia and xylitol for now. When I finish the book, I'll post a review. Until then you can pick up a used one from Amazon.com for about $6 plus shipping. The neat thing is that this book also has solutions and options (I have not read that far yet) so I am looking forward to some answers that way.
It kind of sucks, but like many have said, I am just trying to learn to not sweeten what I eat.
One part I have read is that our ancestors used to consume 4 pounds of sweet (honey) a year. We used to get our energy from furits and veggies. Now, we consume on average over 149 pounds of refined sugar a year. That is per person. No wonder we are a mess.

optimalirish
optimalirish 2008-07-02 03:03:11 -0500 Report

I firmly believe if something is made from sugar then it has to have some sugar in it. That's why I don't use Splenda. Sweet-n-Low has been around for ages and I have personally used it for 27 years and have had no side effects from it. I know they say it can cause cancer, but that's only it you consume 150 times your body weight per day. That is according to the amount that was given to lab rats.

jupton1
jupton1 2008-07-02 03:10:14 -0500 Report

One thing is certain: some of the chemicals that comprise artificial
sweeteners are known hazards..I think Ill stick with water.I have been thinking about getting a juice maker..Has anyone tried that??JU

Cindy Riley
Cindy Riley 2008-07-02 05:15:21 -0500 Report

I agree they all can have some harmful things in them, I dont use sweeter any more at all, just spices , that way you know what you are putting in your body if any thing make up your own flavoring and you know what you are putting in your body,

Cindy Riley
Cindy Riley 2008-07-01 18:40:02 -0500 Report

I had no idea that Splenda was so bad I guess I am sticking to not using sweeter at all, its not bad using spices to get the taste with out having to sweeten the food,

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