From my google search, I've seen about the same negative information [wording and such], then about the same positive information [wording]. Different sites with similar information, as if the information were copied and plasted, . . . . .from both sides of the issue.
At this point, I'm beginning to be a little concerned, . . . . . . . .until I hear some definitive news on this. That's why I would like someone who knows nutrition and all to speak on this, or who would have more access than a google search.
Hmmm I will have to research this question. The last I heard on the news I think it was like 20/20 or Dateline they reported that the consumption was so high that some companies shelves were going to be bare. They also said that they were going to be building another production company in I think China or somewhere near there cause the demand was so high.
Now here is what I am thinking. If the demand is that great why build a company overseas? Would they not want to build one in the US to get the product shipped faster to us? *shrug* I still use it. Actually I use one packet of Splenda and one of Equal.
Splenda is an artificial sweetner. To the extent that it replaces some of our excess dietary sugar, it's a good thing. For diabetics it's a good thing. For people trying to lose weight...good.
It's BAD if you hate all things artificial, or all things sweet, or if you hate the taste, the cost or any personal side-effects.
Personally, I think aspartame tastes SLIGHTLY better, cyclamate even better than that and saccharine is hateful.
I like the idea that cyclamate has been around for 1/2 century with only the U.S.A. banning it. I like also that aspartame has been around for several decades. Splenda is the "new-kid on the block" (more coming) and hasn't been as thoroughly demographically tested as the others.
So EDC, this is a choice you will have to make for yourself; you'll find strident arguments on both sides if you look hard enough. I use aspartame several times a day, cyclamate frequently, and sucralose rarely.
Last edited by Lenin; 01-09-2005 at 12:20 PM.
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If you are concerned about the safety of artificial sweeteners, there are a few natural ones that function the same, but without all the doubt in their safe usage.
My personal favorite is Stevia extract, not what comes in a glycerin base but in an alcohol base ("liquid extract" the alcohol is virtually nonexistant as literally only a few drops of the stuff are used). I recommend avoiding the powdered form as it is usually very bitter. Stevia is an extract from the leaf of a plant (Stevia), and contains zero calories. It has been shown to prevent plaque formation on teeth. Stevia is about 200 times sweeter than sugar (a little goes a VERY long way!).
Xylitol is another natural substance, equal in volume in sweetness to sugar. It absorbs very slowly in the large intestine, so it has little impact on blood suger (but can act as a laxative, as most sugar alcohols can). It is extracted from wood, but is found in some quantity in almost all fruits and vegetables. It has been shown to prevent dental cavities. Xylitol is FDA approved, and is also approved worldwide (in the "most safe" category).
Both of these things can/may be found in a health food store or section of grocery store. When all else fails, they can be found on the internet, just be sure you know what you are buying and that you a buying from a reputable vendor/company.
I'm trying to enjoy most things without added sugar, I hate all artificial sweeteners including stevia, have read some negatives on that also. Probably the best solution is if you need to add sweeteners than do it sparingly, I now drink Kool-aid without adding sugar, I water down my soda bottle so that it takes me 3 days to drink a 16oz soda. Why is it so necessary that companies willingly meet the consumers demand for more sugared products? We are a nation of obese people, more than anywhere else, aside form other lifestyle habits why can't we learn to use less sugar instead using the artificial? I've tried all the articifial stuff, IT'S MORE SWEET THAN REGULAR! Yuke with that, if I ever get diabetes I will be in trouble, the real stuff isn't so sweet if used in very small amounts. Splenda is the best if you want to cook with it, personally, both sides to the argument have a valid reason for their pros and cons.
I, originally, was under the impression that Splenda was natural. Recently though, i discovered that in addition to sucralose, it also has quite a few added chemicals and has to go through a long manufacturing process.
splenda is FINE! perfectly safe. a hydroxyl group (O=H) from a sugar molecule (sucrose) is inverted from cis- to trans- and then it does not get absorbed as sugar in this form. it could not be more natural and safe, despite what propaganda and special interest groups want the public to believe. i use it all the time.
Last edited by runnergirl; 03-24-2005 at 04:28 PM.
I find the if-it-wasn't-around-1000-years-ago-don't eat-it diet to be the healthiest. Your body doesn't know what to do with all the man-made and artificially colored and flavored nonsense we put into our mouths- it didn't used to have to deal with them! Hence the overwhelming popularity of mental and physical health ailments (as someone noted earlier.)
I, too, used Splenda in the past. Now, it's Stevia or nothing. Your body works most efficiently on whole, natural, non-processed edibles.