Thursday, September 4, 2008

Splenda Goes To Court

All of us have been warned about the dangers of NutraSweet (Aspartame) and Saccharin. Then came Splenda.

Splenda is the synthetic compound sucralose, discovered in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. Oh my! This fake sugar is made by replacing hydroxyl groups in the sugar molecule with chlorine. There are no long-term studies of the side effects of Splenda in humans. The manufacturer's own short-term studies showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands and enlarged livers and kidneys in rodents. But the FDA approved Splenda anyway. As a result, Splenda is now one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in low calorie processed foods. From Organic Consumer’s Association, Organic Bytes #125, 1/4/2008
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The recent number of lawsuits against Splenda highlights the increasing risk companies face from litigation over comparative or misleading ad claims. Some of these cases are being turned into very expensive class-action suits. 8/1/05

Go to for articles on the adverse health effects of Splenda and a new book by Dr. Janet Hull, Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not, reveals the scientific evidence suggesting that Splenda may harm your body. Visit Is Splenda and for more information.
Splenda (Sucralose) is Not Splendid
Animal research has shown that sucralose can cause many problems, such as:

Thymus gland atrophy (up to 40% shrinkage)
Enlarged liver and kidneys
Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
Increased cecal weight
Reduced growth rate
Decreased red blood cell count
Hyperplasia of the pelvis
Extension of the pregnancy period
Aborted pregnancy
Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights

Complaints from my Spenda-consuming clients
Tasted horrible
Stomach cramps
Nausea sometimes with vomiting
Mental/emotional problems for which anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed

Dr. Mercola, who provides articles on Splenda on , says, “I have a number of patients in our Wellness Center who have had some severe migraines and even seizures possibly from consuming this product.”

Splenda is about 98% pure. Guess what’s in the other 2%? Small amounts of lead, arsenic, triphenilphosphine oxide, methanol (wood alcohol), chlorinated disaccharides and chlorinated monosaccharide.

There is no evidence that fake sugars of any kind help you lose weight. There is, however, some evidence that chemical sugars may stimulate your appetite. Oops.

Splenda (sucralose) can be found in many food and beverage categories: Baked goods and baking mixes; chewing gum; confections and frostings; salad dressings; fruit and water ices; jams and jellies; processed fruits and fruit juices; sweet sauces, toppings and syrups; beverages and beverage bases; coffee and tea drinks; fake dairy products; frozen dairy desserts and mixes; gelatins; puddings and fillings; milk products and sugar substitutes. This adds up to 3,500 food products.

To stay well, stay close to Mother Earth. Seek organic whole foods. If you like it and it doesn’t make you sick, eat it. If it does, I bet you need digestive enzymes!

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