Sucralose (splenda) may destroy beneficial intestinal bacteria

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   Posted 9/26/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)

Of course, this is just one study, and there are other conflicting studies. I only decided to look up sucralose, because I found that I really like Diet Rite Raspberry soda, and since I started drinking that, I have the runs every so often. So, to try my own limited experiment, I decided to stop taking sucralose, to see if the runs went away, and sure enough they have (this is a very un-scientific experiment, since I can't even account for all the other possible things that could have accounted for the same result).

I just thought I would post this link here, since I know it's so much more important for people with Crohn's to take care and replenish the good gut bacteria. Of course, since this is still unproven - it's just one observation, it has yet to be validated, so, make up your own minds.

I've made up mine, and I am going to try to avoid splenda and other artificial sweeteners.

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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Even if it doesn't I wouldn't touch that garbage anyways...stevia all the way baby!


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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't surprise me, artificial sweeteners are nasty! I use honey, and someday will try stevia (not technically SCD legal, but probably fine for someone that's been on the diet for awhile).
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   Posted 9/27/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Splenda in my tea when I drink it, and I have never had any problems with it. I guess what works for one, doesn't always work for all.
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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Splenda gets me sick but I'm okay with Equal.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never liked the taste of artificial sweeteners. I can taste it even when things are not labeled as being sugar free, I just can't stand any of the fake sugars. Then when I was pregnant years ago, I was told not to use then because it was bad for the baby. So I figured if it was bad for a growing baby, it was bad for anyone. But I was intrigued by stevia and bought some yesterday just to see if I could taste the 'off' taste that I always can in all the others. But I haven't tried it yet, I wonder if it will have the other side effects or not.

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Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 9/27/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
The only thing with Stevia is if you use too much then it has a bitter taste so you really have to play around with it....when I use it in my tea I barely put a touch of it on the end of a tsp and it definitely has taste, so the tiniest bit goes a long way.

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