Splenda Bad For You, Says Sugar Industry Study

A new study says that sugar-substitute Splenda might be bad for you, killing “good” bacteria and preventing the absorption of prescription drugs. However, it just so happens that the study was paid for by the Sugar Association, who just so happen to hate Splenda with a deadly passion.

New Salvo in Splenda Skirmish [NYT] (Photo: Gregg)

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  1. Parting says:

    And it tastes like crap. (Honestly, I never understood, how splenda markets itself as sugar replacement, it doesn’t taste at all like sugar?).

  2. admiral_stabbin says:

    I love Splenda as a substitute for sugar in many circumstances…but not all. For example, the pumpkin pie I baked on Sunday night had Splenda instead of sugar…and my two cups of coffee this AM were the same.
    I can’t tell the difference other than the 40 pounds I lost over a few months when I stopped drinking regular soda.

    • maztec says:

      @admiral_stabbin: I do not mean to be a jerk, but why not skip drinking soda in the first place? It really does not seem to be that pleasant or refreshing a drink . . . . and the low/non/zero sugar/calorie/fat are even worse!

  3. idip says:

    Never been a fan. I don’t like how it gets all foamy in my drinks.

    My sister had some koolaid with spenda in it and she had the runs for two days, lol.

    I’ll stick with Sweet and Low.

    • "I Like Potatoes" says:

      Hate sucralose and hate aspartame. It’s a good thing I hate soda too.

      Saccharine is the worst and even those Regis Philbin commercials can’t convince me that he loves his pink packets, “not because they taste like sugar”, but because of that totally unique sweet n’ low taste. Ummm….what taste would that be? Someone who is much wittier than I am can fill in that blank.

  4. B says:

    I agree, splenda is bad HFCS is worse. Real sugar only for me, please.

  5. shorty63136 says:

    Victo – when you’re used to sugar and very sugary flavors (like HFCS), nothing is going to taste like it.

    If you cut out white sugar and other sugary substances, your palate will adjust until real sugar and HFCS are WAY too sweet for you.

    About a year ago, I cut out fast food, soda, (almost) anything with HFCS and increased my fruit and veggie intake and now anything that’s made with white sugar and HFCS is just WAY too much for me. Except Vanilla Coke. That is my weakness until the end of time.

    This “study” is flawed because of who backed it. That’s like the Vatican releasing a study on the medical long-term effects of abortion. C’mon now…

  6. B1663R says:

    hmmm, sounds like the Splenda people got to you Ben. just like the egg council got to me…

  7. dollywould says:

    I can eat just about anything, but if I have a bite of something with Splenda in it, I get a blinding headache. I don’t know what the hell is in that stuff, but it’s not good.

    I have had pretty good luck with Zsweet, which I found at Whole Foods. It’s not cheap, but no bad side effects here.

    • British Benzene says:

      @dollywould: I have a similar reaction to Aspartame. If I have too much of it I get violently ill (sweats, migraines, shakes, nausea, etc.).

      Because of this, I ONLY use Splenda. I don’t care what anyone else uses. Use what works for you and keeps you healthy. But if they think about banning Splenda, I’m gonna go Dead Zone on their asses.

    • msbask says:

      @dollywould: If I eat one single peanut, I’d need a hospital. Nothing affects everyone the same way. “Natural” or not.

    • saccade says:

      @dollywould: I hear that! I’ve had two packets, and one product made with Splenda since it came out and it doesn’t agree with me.

      First packet caused me to get a boomerang headache and dizzy. Second packet, a few months later, caused the same headache and dizziness, but also blurred my vision to the point I had to get a ride to work. Just last month I ate yogurt that my mom had and stopped a few spoonfuls in thinking “this doesn’t taste right.” It had Splenda and within forty minutes I had that horrid headache back.

      Is it poison? Probably not. Is it a replacement for eating regular sugar in “safe and sane” quantities occasionally? No.

      I just LOVE Whole Foods, but Jebus, I need another job to shop there. Blasted “get what you pay for” BS! :)

  8. chiieddy says:

    It’s the best flavored sugar substitute out there. It used to be Equal, but Splenda beat out Equal hands down.

    Oh, and the other ones give you cancer. So does living, but hey. :)

    • Sidecutter says:

      @chiieddy: The whole cancer thing is seriously blown out of proportion by people. It took rediculous amounts of aspartame to create any kind of a problem. They had to give the test animals insanely high amounts of pure, uncut aspartame (all the artificial sweeteners are cut with other stuff, they’re so much sweeter than sugar they have to be).

      Also, the national cancer institute found no connection: [www.cancer.gov]

      Some of the more direct points:
      -Aspartame, distributed under several trade names (e.g., NutraSweet® and Equal®), was approved in 1981 by the FDA after numerous tests showed that it did not cause cancer or other adverse effects in laboratory animals (Council on Scientific Affairs 1985; Flamm 1997; Koestner 1997).
      -”The increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias reported in treated rats was unrelated to aspartame, given the high background incidence of chronic inflammatory changes in the lungs and the lack of a positive dose-response relationship.”

  9. Love it Love it Love it. I LOVE SPLENDA. DOWN WITH SUGAR.

    That is all.

  10. snazz says:

    my dog once ran a survery that concluded cats were bad…

  11. Though I also love Stevia too. :-) 1 packet of splenda cuts the bitter aftertaste of Stevia for me.

  12. Segador says:

    Splenda- tastes like sugar because it’s made from real sugar!*

    *okay, yeah, we’re kidding. It tastes like ground-up candy hearts.

  13. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    The sugar association and the High Fructose Corn Syrup Refiner’s Association have taken to spamming the low-carb message boards that I’m a member of trying to say how ‘healthy’ their products are, because they are “natural.” HFCS isn’t natural, its chemically refined – the argument they use against Splenda. They try to say that HFCS is perfectly safe and healthy “in moderation” (have you seen their new advertisements on TV and in the newspapers?) IN MODERATION? You can’t pick up a product in the grocery stores nowadays, unless its meat or vegetable, and NOT find HFCS in it! Actually that’s a lie – if you buy bagged carrots, they’ve been soaked in water and HFCS before being bagged to increase the sweetness.

    American’s have gone from eating zero HFCS in the 1960′s to almost 60 POUNDS a year of the stuff. Along with that has come obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. I laugh when I hear advertisements saying “Its made from CORN!! Corn is a healthy *vegetable* – its a natural plant! Its good for you – HFCS is good for you too!”

    Well, nightshade, hemlock, and mistletoe are natural plants too but you won’t see me eating them. And besides, corn is a grain. Its what they use to fatten up cows and pigs before they are taken to the slaughterhouses. Its what they force-feed ducks to make foi gras. Truth of the matter is, the sugar/HFCS industries are scared because American’s are learning how UNHEALTHY their products are and are turning to other alternatives. Not just Splenda, but also stevia and cyclamates are under attack as well. This isn’t a case of “being healthy,” its a case of $$$.

  14. nicemarmot617 says:

    Ugh, I can’t stand that crap. It doesn’t taste bad at first. It just leaves this lingering aftertaste in my mouth…I guess the best way to describe it is “chemical.” It’s nasty, I won’t eat that shit. It probably is linked to cancer too, just like every other sugar substitute.

    Of course, I don’t like HFCS either, it’s too sweet and it tastes like corn.

  15. cmdrsass says:

    I don’t particularly care for Splenda, but if the study is scientific, in other words the methodology is sound, the sample size reasonable and the results reproducible, it can’t be flawed no matter who funded it.

    You can’t expect a manufacturer to fund and publish a study critical of its own products. The people most interested in any negative effects will of course be their competitors or opponents. So what’s wrong with the methodology of this particular study?

    • Ein2015 says:

      @cmdrsass: Politics often play a role in the results of “studies”… haven’t you seen all the “studies” on global warming?

    • nataku8_e30 says:

      @cmdrsass: I generally prefer a study funded by a 3rd party organization without any vested interest in the outcome. Also, it doesn’t even sound like the effects of Splenda are that bad if you don’t take prescription drugs.

    • eelmonger says:

      @cmdrsass: Exactly, if the study is published in a reputable, peer reviewed conference or journal, then who cares who funded it? Of course, the linked article doesn’t say where it was published, so if it’s in “The Sugar-Growers Journal of Stuff” or it’s just a tech report then I can see a problem. It’s entirely possible the sugar companies funded a full blown study because internal research suggested these results.

    • chrisjames says:

      @cmdrsass: Not suggesting tainting in this case, but it’s long been known that even a hint of bias can skew results. It’s a subconscious thing that infects the researchers and participants alike. So, you can rule a study to be sound over robust practices, but it shouldn’t be accepted until you can also prove no bias is possible, probably by instating and proving double blind studies through third party institutes.

    • catskyfire says:

      @cmdrsass: But IS the methodology sound? There’s been more than a few cases of studies funded by a particular group, which conveniently ignore anything that doesn’t agree with their base theory.

  16. homerjay says:

    I have but one use for splenda- sweetening restaurant unsweetened iced tea. Real sugar just doesn’t dissolve like splenda.

  17. no.no.notorious says:

    i’m so used to artificial sweetener that real sugar makes my teeth rattle. i’ve been forced to drink diet soda since i was about 8 (weight problems) and now i could never go back.

  18. BK88 says:

    The funny part is that Splenda is one part sucralose and 599 parts maltodextrin and dextrose, which are both corn derivatives! So you use it, you are sweeting your food/drinks with pure corn!

  19. MercuryPDX says:

    I love sugar….
    Sugar is BAD, use Saccharin.
    Saccharin is BAD, use NutraSweet.
    NutraSweet is BAD, use Splenda.
    Splenda is BAD, …

    … well, I’m waiting. What miracle sweetener do I use now?

    • British Benzene says:

      @MercuryPDX: Bacon.

    • TVarmy says:

      @MercuryPDX: I’ve been hearing Stevia get pushed, but it’s frankly not very tasty as I’ve seen it applied. It has a sweet, but strange taste when I’ve tried it. A bit bitter and medicinal. Rumor has it Coke may try using it, which might taste okay mixed with the flavors in cola.

      It’s a naturally occurring chemical in an herb. You can buy the plant, and the leaves have the sweetener in them, or you can buy the extract at a health food store in powder or liquid form. I guess the argument could be made that “natural” equals healthier than the chemical concoctions. It’s kind of in an FDA neverland right now, though, as it’s sold as a supplement rather than a food.

      Personally, I just use sugar or abstain, with the exception of sodas, where I’ll tend to have diet or nothing at all.

      • quail says:

        @TVarmy: My wife picked up a package of flavored Stevia to be used in coffee. Can’t stand the stuff. The regular Stevia in coffee is tolerable. But sugar or Splenda are much better tasting.

    • Nick1693 says:

      @MercuryPDX: Stevia Extract?

  20. opsomath says:

    It tastes bad to me and makes me feel horrible afterwards.

    I have heard by word-of-mouth that some study indicates that it causes harm to the kidneys; is this true or just rumor?

  21. TPS Reporter says:

    cut back on your sugar for awhile and then have something sweet. It will taste way to sugary and maybe give you a stomach ache. Splenda does have an after taste. Except in iced tea for some reason. Try the same with salt, cut back for awhile and then have a potato chip, it’ll taste like you just downed the whole salt shaker.

  22. katylostherart says:

    ok but if splenda is supposedly made from sugar wouldn’t they need to purchase sugar for processing from the sugar growing people? (that’s a technical term right there)

    whatever, tastes like crap anyway.

  23. gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

    I tried some pudding with Splenda in it and that was some rotten sh**. I threw away the entire package of single cups bcuz there was no way in hell I could force myself to eat even another bite of one. That is one thing that pizzses me off about pudding cups at Walmart, all the good or interesting flavors have Splenda in them and I will never taste them bcuz I will never ever try Splenda ever again.

  24. FeuerrotBenz says:

    But… but… the comercial for splenda told me it was made from real sugar!

  25. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i’m inclined to believe the final statement [splenda is bad for you] if not the research that supports and here’s why:
    i am a type I diabetic.
    sugar – acts on my blood sugar in a predictable measurable way
    splenda – sometimes raises my blood sugar immediately or hours after consumption, sometimes has no effect. i have to avoid it because i don’t know what it will do at any given time.

    i personally don’t see how that could be healthy for non diabetics either- just because you don’t go around measuring your blood sugar doesn’t mean it isn’t affected. i can’t even begin to speculate on how it could affect other organs.

    it’s getting really difficult to find low sugar or no sugar added products that don’t have splenda added. even before i was diabetic [last year] i got really angry with tang when they changed the original formula to include splenda. they didn’t take out all the sugar, just replaced some of it with splenda. i tried to see if it was still ok, but when i emailed to complain about how incredibly foul tasting i found their product – they sent me a coupon for SOME MORE TANG with an apology letter. letter was fine, but the coupon was insulting and i told them so. funny, never heard from them again.

    • British Benzene says:

      @catastrophegirl: Wow, I’d not heard that about splenda and Type 1. I wonder why that would be.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @EnglishC6H6 is British Benzene: it’s exactly as neecy says below – individual body chemistry. sugar alcohols do the same thing to me, but more a little more predictably. they always give me a blood glucose spike, just never sure when it will be. but not all type 1 diabetics would react the same way as i do, i am sure.

    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

      @catastrophegirl: I think it depends on your body chemistry individually. I’m type II and use Splenda and it doesn’t raise my blood sugar (or cause any of the other side effects listed like headaches or the trots.) I do find that saccharin will give me a splitting headache but others love it. Personally I prefer liquid Sugar Twin (cyclamate based here in Canada) because I’m on a low-carb diet and Splenda uses dextrose as its “carrier” and that adds up to 1 carb per tsp/packet. The Sugar Twin liquid has zero. As with all artificial sweeteners, YMMV.

    • Ajh says:

      @catastrophegirl: Diabetics can have sugar. It counts on their carbohydrates….

      I was so happy to see no sugar drink mixes..since I like my drinks without sugar generally. American drinks are way too sweet for me. Then I saw they all had splenda in them…what’s the point of that?

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @Ajh: i know i can have sugar. and i do, in moderation. but i can PREDICT the action of sugar. i know how my reacts to it the same way each and every time. splenda is unpredictable and sometimes i react to it and sometimes i don’t so i can’t keep my blood sugar stable and i think that’s unhealthy

  26. BrownWolf says:

    Splenda is a great weight loss aid. The cramps and exploding diarrhea I get whenever I eat (accidentally) something with Splenda are enough to keep me away from food and lose a couple of pounds in less than a day!

  27. heyimbobo says:

    Screw Sugar Plantations, Blue Packets, Pink Packets, Yellow Packets — try Agave nectar when you can. No strange ingredients, no strange tastes, and no chemistry set. Yeah, it’s more expensive but it’s natural, low-glycemic, and I figure that if I can cut out a lot of chemicals I’m coming out ahead somehow.

    • Maglet says:

      @heyimbobo:

      We love Agave Nectar here! My mom started using it and she bought me some… no more sugar overload. I do find that I need a lot of it in my coffee though for it to be sweet like I like it. But I’d take using a gallon of Agave over using ONE packet of Splenda any day.

      I was trying to cut down on my sugar consumption about 6 months ago. For a week, I used splenda in my coffee, in my corn flakes, etc. Well, a couple days into that week, I started feeling sick. I didn’t jump to the Splena conculusion right away though–took me another day or so of feeling bad to relaize that the Splenda was making my heart race and giving me chills and cold sweats. I also made good friends with the porcelain gods that week. Ugh! So, yeah… it almost killed me. I went to my doctor and everything for bloodwork–I just KNEW I was dying. But here I sit to tell my woeful tale of how Splenda almost took me out!!!

  28. Daemonstar says:

    On a related note, if you’re looking for a reason to give up Aspartame, here’s a website for you; you can decide how accurate the results are: [myaspartameexperiment.com]

    Also, Splenda is, supposedly, made by substituting some of the carbon molecules with chlorine, tricking your body into thinking it’s natural, but it really isn’t. It’s not that the Splenda, itself, is dangerous, but it is the process of breaking it down in the body that is.

    In either case, there haven’t been any real long-term studies done on the effects of sugar substitutes. I prefer to stick with sugar, honey, or just do without.

    • @Daemonstar: Did you know that ALL lab rats get cancer/die from cancer? I have a close friend who IS in a field which uses test animals tell me that many moons ago, and have heard it corroborated by others. She told me it is a population control measure to make sure they don’t live long enough to infect anyone should they get out of the lab.

      As for this study, meh. I use Splenda in my coffee in the morning, but two hours later, before I goto work, I also eat 8 ounces of vanilla lowfat yogurt. Anything the Splenda may have killed will be replenished.

      • Daemonstar says:

        @Git Em SteveDave loves this guy–>: She acknowledges that in her footnotes, but only 3 of 48 of the control group developed tumors. The test rats developed disturbing complications, but only until the last 1/3 of their lifespan.

        But, like I said, take it for what it’s worth to ya. :)

    • papahoth says:

      @Daemonstar: Most diet sodas use splenda. Do you have any evidence of a problem with splenda? I sure have plenty of evidence of a problem with sugar.

    • Roeroica says:

      @Daemonstar: If you’re going to cut out aspartame, better cut out all protein too.

      Aspartame is made up of 2 amino acids…the building blocks of protein.

  29. Shadowman615 says:

    I used to hate diet drinks with a passion, but drank lots of regular soda. I started drinking only diet (or the splenda-based “zero” drinks) for a few weeks and suddenly they began tasting normal to me. You just adjust to it and the strange chemical aftertaste disappears.

    There always seems to be some kind of dubious issues with sugar substitutes, but no concrete evidence, really. Quite frankly I don’t care about that stuff — I just want to look good ;).

  30. Ragman says:

    I can use Splenda in ice tea, and as a partial sugar substitute, but NOT as a total sugar substitute. It foams up liquids, and I tried replacing the sugar in my sugar cookies with it ONE time. The dough was elastic and the cookies did not taste very good.

    Seriously, freaking elastic – I have a dough gun and the stupid dough would bulge out and retract when I let up on the handle. The gun works great with real sugar sugar-cookies.

  31. allnitecp says:

    I discovered last year that I was diabetic. I am assuming from all the years of the HFCS that I have consumed, but I digress.

    I had always liked splenda before the diagnosis, and felt that cutting out refined sugar and HFCS would be no problem since there was Splenda.

    I was dead wrong!

    When I started consuming the same amount of splenda that I did sugar (in drinks, cereal and cooking) I noticed that I felt horrible after consuming it. My tounge and mouth would swell and itch and developed a rash on my face and neck. After a quick trip to the doctor, it was determined that I was allergic to Splenda and should avoid it at all costs.

    I have since gone back to sugar (unrefined when possible) and have cut out ALL artificial sweeteners. That was 2 months ago and I have lost 15 lbs. Also, my blood sugar hasn’t spiked as high as I thought it would by adding the natural sugars back into my diet.

    Bottom line is nothing is good in excess, especially if it is chemically manufactured.

  32. Triterion says:

    This one is really weird… 4 years ago I used to absolutely LOVE Splenda, and I thought it tasted just like sugar… I used it all the time, but in the last 6 months I’ve begun to taste this horrible chemical aftertaste more and more that everyone kept talking about… Do you think that change was caused by Splenda, or did my taste-buds just change to now be able to tell the difference?

  33. DJFelix says:

    I am a diabetic and was very excited when I learned about Splenda. I started using Splenda in everything … I even had Splenda candy.

    Then I noticed that I constantly had diarrhea … I did some research and discovered that Splenda is a natural laxative. GREAT!

    Now, if I’m a little bound up, I drink a Splenda flavored soda. At least it’s good for something.

  34. Angryrider says:

    I knew it. That’s why I stick with regular sugar. Obviously I don’t eat too much of it. And I only use it in tea.

  35. Dansc29625 says:

    When I eat something with Surcalose, I taste nothing but aspartame.

  36. casious says:

    I’m actually allergic to splenda. I spoke with my doctor about the issue i was having and he determined it was an allergic reaction to the splenda. Prior to this i just started drinking a new drink with splenda in it. The allergic reaction caused my prostate to swell up, im only 21 so this is not something that should happen. My doc let me know most men are allergic to fake sugars such as splenda, the severity depends on the person.

    They need a warning for this kind of thing, I don’t want to imagine the long term effects this could cause on ones prostate. Very unsafe.

  37. papahoth says:

    Here we go with the sugar is good for you crowd. Sugar is not good for you. We have substitutes because sugar is bad for you. It rots your teeth and makes you fat. There is a reason that the South Beach and Atkins diet among other want you off of sugar. Sugar in candy, sugar in sodas (complete wasted calories), sugar in cake, pie, donuts. Go to your primary care physician and tell him its better to drink non-diet sodas and see what he tells you.

    • Ajh says:

      @papahoth: It’s better to drink water.

      They’re both bad. Splenda and Sugar.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      @papahoth: Sugar’s great for me! Unlike every fake sweetener or sugar ‘substitute’ out there, it doesn’t cause my throat to swell, my skin to break out in a rash or an almost instant migraine. On the rare occasions when I drink a soda, it’s cane sugar all the way and my doctor thinks that’s just a fine idea.

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      @papahoth: TOO MUCH sugar is bad for you, however, the body needs sugar in some form or another. You can’t survive without glucose. Too many cakes, cookies, pops, etc. are much worse than a bit of sugar in moderation. Sugar with good dental hygiene won’t rot your teeth any faster than anything else. Plus, a good part of whether your teeth rot or not is due to genetics. For me, sucralose give me horrible headaches and makes me sick. Sugar doesn’t. Any kinds of man made chemical or lots of processing in food tends to make me feel much worse than eating food that is more natural/less processed.

  38. yankerosa says:

    I actually have horrific reactions to this stuff after ingesting it. Severe vomit inducing migraines. Here’s partly why I think: From this site [www.janethull.com]

    1. sucrose is tritylated with trityl chloride in the presence of dimethylformamide and 4-methylmorpholine and the tritylated sucrose is then acetylated with acetic anhydride,
    2. the resulting TRISPA (6,1′,6′-tri-O-trityl-penta-O-acetylsucrose) is chlorinated with hydrogen chloride in the presence of toluene,
    3. the resulting 4-PAS (sucrose 2,3,4,3′,4′-pentaacetate) is heated in the presence of methyl isobutyl ketone and acetic acid,
    4. the resulting 6-PAS (sucrose 2,3,6,3′,4′-pentaacetate) is chlorinated with thionyl chloride in the presence of toluene and benzyltriethylammonium chloride, and
    5. the resulting TOSPA (sucralose pentaacetate) is treated with methanol (wood alcohol, a poison) in the presence of sodium methoxide to produce sucralose.

    Now I honestly don’t know if shes a whack job or not… but she sure sounds hella smart and it would explain why I went to the emergency room for a month straight whenever I sweetened my coffee.

    • Roeroica says:

      @yankerosa: How much of that means anything to you really? Those are pretty straightforward reactions – nothing to be alarmed about.

      Often, when something is reacted in the presence of something else, it doesn’t mean you have traces of poisons in your Splenda. Maybe you’re just allergic.

    • @yankerosa: You should worry about that site. It is full of logical fallacies. I mean, look at this sentence:

      Splenda (sucralose) is created in the lab, using a complex process involving dozens of chemicals you and I can barely pronounce – let alone consume.

      That is an “appeal to ignorance”. A Dr. who can’t pronounce a chemical formula? How did she get her Doctorate? She also complains about “chlorine”, which is what causes all the problems. Does she know about Sodium Chloride? Two chemicals, which in their seperate forms, are poisonous. But together, they are table salt, something vital to live. You should also view her with a skeptical eye since she is promoting her own book on the subject. Check out these links for how to spot logical fallacies, and think about them when reading stuff like that website. It’s also available in podcast form, in case you don’t have the time to read them. [skeptoid.com] [skeptoid.com]

      • yankerosa says:

        @Git Em SteveDave loves this guy–>: Even so, I’ve had a Doctor tell me (by phone this week, consult with Mayo clinic in Rochester) that Splenda is closer chemical composition wise to a pesticide than it is to a food. Hmmmm….

        Appeal to ignorance or not, I’m a person who doesn’t like to eat things that indeed have been through a process with more than one chemical to get to my plate. Doesn’t seem right to me at all.

  39. Quilt says:

    Word has it that too much sugar isn’t exactly easy on the system either…

  40. lindyman77 says:

    Not to side with Big Shooga, but some of the comments made here just don’t make deducible, logical sense. Just because Big Shooga put out a study detailing the negative effects of artificial sweeteners on human health doesn’t necessarily mean that the data is faulty. Their conclusions could be true and it just happens to work in their marketing favour.

    Reporting data that supports their case doesn’t equate to a false conclusion. Now as for that nasty anti-sugar, I don’t touch the stuff. Organic Trader Joe’s Cane Sugar for me!

  41. stands2reason says:

    Never mind the fact that sugar is stupidly expensive to due to import restrictions. Assholes. I’ll use corn syrup or Splenda whenever I can, thank you very much.

  42. Bye says:

    @allnitecp: I too get a rash but on my neck, arms, and legs whenever I ingest Splenda. And I feel very queasy. The first time I thought it was a weird fluke and that I had a heat rash or something, but the second time I drank a Coke Zero, the same thing happened except to a slightly more extreme degree.

    Now I’m finding there are a number of products at the grocery (not just “sugar-free” or “reduced sugar” products) that are adding Spenda/sucralose to them.

  43. P_Smith says:

    Whatever happened to honey? I also use maple syrup in some recipes, though the flavour gets killed in coffer or tea.

    One could also consider unsweetened fruit juice (boiled down to thicken it to a syrup) instead of sugar in recipes.

  44. glitterpig says:

    Splenda makes me suicidal. Seriously. It was an amazing day when I figured it out. (Even a Coke Zero will make me “my-life-is-a-worthless-hole”-level depressed… add in a few baked goods and one of my mother-in-law’s Atkins “desserts” and I’m ready to go noose-shopping.) After I figured it out, I did a little research and found out it’s not that uncommon. I even have a friend who starts crying uncontrollably about two hours after she ingests any Splenda. (And yet, because it “tastes better”, she still uses it to sweeten her tea. Go figure.)

    Saccharin 4 life, baby.