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The skinny on Splenda

by Monica Pleuler, News editor


Few consumers are aware that the artificial sweetener, sucralose, sold under the name Splenda, is the latest sugar substitute to be used in a wide range of products. Although Splenda may be the answer to many people’s diet problems, it can also be extremely dangerous.

Splenda’s manufacturer’s motto “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar,” is misleading. Splenda is not made from sugar or any natural product. Splenda’s sweetness comes from a chlorocarbon chemical that contains the same chemical formulations as pesticides. While this makes it sweeter than sugar, the process of producing Splenda is suspect.


According to the FDA, the final product contains heavy metals (lead), arsenic, methanol, and chlorocarbons.

Manufacturers claim that Splenda helps people lose weight. Because the sucrose is chlorinated, the body doesn’t recognize it as a carbohydrate and allows it to pass without being absorbed. However, FDA studies show that 11 to 27 percent of the contaminants are absorbed into the body. These chemicals are found to concentrate in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. Splenda can be found in nearly 3,500 food products, and not all these products list Splenda as an ingredient. Also, none of them say the product contains chlorine. Some of the popular products contain Splenda are: Arizona Green Teas, Campbell’s V8 Splash, Gatorade’s Propel water, Kool-Aid Jammers, Lucky Leaf Apple juice, Tropicana Twisters, Breyers Carb Smart Ice cream, Good Humor Ice cream, Hood Carb Countdown milk, Klondike Carb Smart ice cream bars, and Orville Redenbacher microwave kettle corn.

Consumers have a right to know what is in the products they buy. Even though few studies have been done on the effects of human consumption, studies have been done on the effects of rats, mice, and rabbits. The animals all exhibited signs of shrunken thymus glands, enlarged liver and kidneys, atrophied spleen, increased cercal weight, reduced growth rate, decreased number of red blood cell amount, and diarrhea. Pregnant women have exhibited aborted pregnancies and extended pregnancies.

In this continuing web of confusion over which chemical sweeteners are safe to use, and which aren’t, it might be best to stick with natural sweeteners and let the lab rats fight it out for you. After all, said Dr. Joseph Mercola, a licensed physician. “There is no magic alternative to sugar when it comes to sweeteners. You simply cannot have your cake and eat it too”



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