I never liked seeing my Diabetic Grandmother use the little packets of “sweetner” in her tea which I am sure contributed to her illness as the “sweetner” worked its magic to destroy her organs, building up in its toxicity levels and destroying her immune and other body systems.
I never enjoyed the taste nor used artificial sweetners simply because I had heard of the alternative science reports denouncing them, I am glad that news of their uselessness is coming to the forefront.
As a Nutrition practitioner I have never recommended ANY client to ever use artificial sweetners when there are so many natural substitutes available that are not synthesised in a lab.
I have always been wary of man made foodstufs and having waited patiently for some semblance of proof…the reports are beginning to come in revealing the toxicity of artificial sweetners.
I suggest people read labels carefully and inform themselves about WHAT’S REALLY IN THEIR FOOD!
SUCRALOSE – MARKETED AS SPLENDA
Artificial sweetener: No-sugar-added baked goods, frozen desserts, ice cream, soft drinks, tabletop sweetener (Splenda).
Approved in the United States in 1998, sucralose—marketed as Splenda—is used in soft drinks, baked goods, ice cream, sweetener packets, and other products. It previously had been used in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere. Sucralose is safer than aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame-K, and cyclamate, but it is often used in combination with acesulfame-K. Unlike aspartame, sucralose does not break down at high temperatures and so can be used in baked goods.
When sucralose was first being considered for approval by the FDA, the Center for Science in the Public Interest objected. A study in rats had indicated that the additive might cause premature shrinkage of the thymus gland, which is part of the immune system. However, a subsequent study did not find any problem. Likewise, studies designed to detect whether sucralose could cause cancer in lab animals did not find any problems.
A 2002 study in mice found that huge doses of sucralose caused DNA damage in mice, but numerous other genetic studies did not find any problems. A 2008 study funded by the sugar industry reported that Splenda significantly reduced beneficial bacteria and had other effects in the gastrointestinal tract of rats that could affect the bioavailability of drugs. Unfortunately, the study was small and had other shortcomings.
On a related issue, in 2012 a study found that changes in the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in different regions around the world closely correlated with the use of saccharin and sucralose. The author hypothesized that sucralose and saccharin may cause the disease by interfering with gut bacteria and digestive enzymes. (IBD is actually a group of diseases marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system; IBD can cause severe pain and cramping, persistent diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. It has no cure, and its cause is unknown.) However, finding a correlation is not the same as demonstrating a cause-effect relationship. Further research is needed to verify whether sucralose (or saccharin) can interfere with the normal functioning of the gut or interfere with the absorption of drugs. People experiencing IBD or other GI symptoms could see if avoiding sucralose (and saccharin) provides any relief.
In what might be the greatest cause for concern, in 2012 an independent Italian laboratory announced (but has not yet published) a study that found that sucralose caused leukemia in mice that were exposed from before birth. That was the same lab that several years earlier published studies indicating that aspartame caused cancers in rats and mice.
A final point: McNeil Nutritionals long advertised Splenda as being “made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” That statement may be literally true, but is misleading, as the Sugar Association charged in a lawsuit. In fact, the sweetener is a synthetic chemical made by chemically reacting sugar (sucrose) with chlorine. (The fact that sucralose is synthetic does not make it unsafe.) The lawsuit was settled without any announcement of the terms, but McNeil has dropped that “made from sugar” slogan.
Be aware that artificial sweeteners are being used more and more often without any disclosure on front labels. Read ingredient lists carefully if you are concerned about any of those sweeteners.