Just because the FDA approved it doesn't mean Splenda is safe, nor does it mean NutraSweet is safe (aka Aspartame). But that is a whole other ball of wax.
Sugar is sugar. Splenda is not sugar. Splenda is actually a chemically synthesized product that uses substances such as chlorine.
Nothing is natural about that. People pay money to filter chlorine from their drinking water, shower water and even bathing water. So why would you want to go ahead and add chlorine to your drink and into your body? Don't (please!).
The government uses chlorine in our drinking water as it is a matter of risk versus benefit. They cannot have people drinking harmful bacteria and dying. It is also not practical to filter chlorine from water coming into your house. It doesn't matter that you wash your car with chlorine or your clothes.
It does matter if you drink chlorine. Avoid it. Filter it.
Chlorine damages proteins. What are the substances which make your body parts move and keep you alive? Proteins.
What are the side effects of Splenda, also known as sucralose? That depends on the individual - the most common is abdominal discomfort, and I personally experience it. I used to sell a energy drink product on my website that had outstanding nutritive ingredients. I drank it and got upset stomach every time. I looked at the ingredients closely, found sucralose, and yanked it from my store.
I have located the FDA Report on Sucralose. Check it out. The makers of Splenda say it isn't absorbed by the human body. The FDA report shows it is up to 30% absorbed. That may not seem to be much but some pharmaceutical drugs have an absorption rate of only 5%. Also, check out Sweet Misery, a great documentary about the health effects of artificial sweeteners and how such harmful substances end up on the market in spite of our best interests.
Still not convinced? Well, once again, Dr Mercola has received numerous testimonials against Splenda. I encourage you to read them. Yes I am sure some of the testimonials are a bit inflated or inaccurate; however, the majority are legitimate and one should pay attention to what is said.
If you want your food to taste sweet, add some honey. Put in some sucanat sugar (another alternative is "rapadura" sugar). Take charge and protect yourself. There are no long term studies showing the safety of Splenda. The studies done that suggest it isn't safe are controversial in the scientific community. So how do you know what to think about sucralose?
Simple: Would you jump from a plane with a prototype parachute? You'd want it tested first over and over, yes?
Honey is a great substitute as it is less glycemic than white processed sugar and contains numerous minerals and other nutrients. Allergic? Bummer. Use sucanat or rapadura, less processed forms of cane sugar, or organic agave nectar.
Question companies. Question the safety of products on the shelves. Diabetes is rising so fast now as well as ADD/ADHD. Why? Look at what grocery stores sell: processed garbage. Sift it out. Go have fun shopping at a farmers market, line the pockets of some hard-working folks near you instead of paying for another Gulfstream jet for the boardroom.
In fact, I just found this cool website where they show you all the u-pick berry farms all over the USA and Canada. How is this related to Splenda, you ask? Not in the slightest. It's natural and healthy.
Have fun picking berries and throwing away your Splenda.
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