McNeil Nutritionals claims in their marketing pitch emphasizes that this artifical sweetener has endured some of the most rigorous testing to date for any food additive. Enough so to convince the average consumer that it is in fact safe. They claim that over 100 studies have been conducted on Splenda. What they don't tell you is that most of the studies are on animals.
HERE IS ANOHTER SCARY FACT
Much of the controversy surrounding this artifical sweetener does not focus on its safety, but rather on its false advertising claims. The competition among sweeteners is anything but sweet. The sugar industry is currently suing McNeil Nutritionals for implying that this artifical sweetener is a natural form of sugar with no calories.
If you feel that Splenda affects you adversely, it is valid. Don't let someone convince you that it is all in your head. You know your body better than anyone else.
How to Determine if it is Harming You
The best way to determine if sucralose is affecting you is to eliminate it.
First eliminate it and other artificial sweeteners from your diet completely for a period of one to two weeks.
After this period reintroduce it in sufficient quantity.
For example, use it in your beverage in the morning, and eat at least two sucralose containing products the remainder of the day.
On this day, avoid other artificial sweeteners(such as Equal and Sweet n’ Low) so that you are able to differentiate which one may be causing a problem for you.
Do this for a period of one to three days. Take notice of how your body is feeling, particularly if it feels different than when you were artificial sweetener free.
It Still Be May Harming You
If you complete the elimination trial described above and do not notice any changes then it appears you are able to tolerate.
However, please understand that you are not out of the woods yet.
The entire issue of long-term safety has never been established. Let's look at the facts again:
Considering that Splenda bears more chemical similarity to DDT than it does to sugar, are you willing to bet your health on this data?
Remember that fat soluble substances, such as DDT, can remain in your fat for decades and devastate your health.
If the above facts don't concern you because you believe the FDA would not ever allow a toxic substance into the market then read on.
Do You Really Believe These People Are Going to Protect You?
Please consider that the only organizations between you and potentially toxic side effects are the FDA and the manufacturers of sucralose (Tate & Lyle) and of Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals).
The FDA has a long standing history of ineffective screening and rampant conflict of interests as demonstrated in their inability to identify Vioxx as too dangerous to be on the market. This mistake costs 55,000 people their lives.
Now the point I want you to understand here, because it is really important, is this artificial sweetener is not a drug and is only a food additive. As such the number of studies required to receive FDA approval is substantially less than drug.
Vioxx had an order of magnitude of more comprehensive clinical trials than Splenda ever did, and despite this rigorous approval process it still killed 55,000 people.
So, now you know my primary concerns I have about Splenda, the choice is yours to make.