New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information About Potential Harmful Effects

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mjw82704
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
What do you all think?

New Study of Splenda Reveals Shocking Information about Potential Harmful Effects

James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health, has expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists outlining the dangers of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).

In animals examined for the study, Splenda reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines, rather than being absorbed by the body.

According to Turner, "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study ... confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label."

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone knows anything that tastes good is bad for you. In face, pretty much anything you put in your mouth seems to be bad for you.
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glamourgirl
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never used Splenda because I always thought a report like this would come out one of these days. It reminded me of saccahrin, I'm not surprised.
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Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
That's what I was thinking!  Remember when saccharine was all the rage and then they came out with the cancer warning?

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Sweetpea17
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I love splenda. Looks like Im going to stop using it. Why is it that everything thats sooo good is bad for you?? lol

Dr-A
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Putting man made chemicals into your body always has some effect on you. Most people think you are crazy when you tell them that though.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, this doesn't surprise me at all, researchers have indicated that along with process foods/beverages, fast-foods, refined sugar, sugar substitutes/artificial sweetners can exacerbate IBD symptoms, same with additives/MSGs....

but not everything that tastes good is bad for you, fruits taste awesome and they are very healthy and good for you...fruits and veggies contain natural sugars that our bodies are designed to abosrob/process. about the only sweetners that are safe is honey and stevia because they are natural, which are the only sweetners I use.

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quincy
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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd put sugar into my body ANY DAY than that crappola.
With the "sugar is bad for you" mantra, the artificial sweeteners are making a dangerous claim and society will pay a very high price for that mentality.

The worst for sure would the man-made ones....

Anything that triggers an insulin response and it cannot be used will eventually be a problem for those of us who are not diabetic.

Do I say eat a lot of sugar? NO....but any who perceive they aren't taking in sugar (remember, it's a bad word to many) will surely increase the intake of that product ten-fold.

Sugar anyday....it's a "gooder" thing, but natural sugar in fruits, etc is "more gooder"

q
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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


subdued
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   Posted 2/16/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not surprised. It's an artificial sweetener. I never touched the stuff.
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Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Peety
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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I love my splenda and am not generally alarmist, but have been planning to switch completely to Truvia (stevia) as soon as I finish all that I have of the splenda (which is a lot since I bought it at Costco). Just because it seems like a good idea.

I wish I could do without any sugar or sweeteners...but sweet creamy coffee in the morning is one pleasure in life I'm not willing to do without.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
     I've been using Sweet N Low for years.  My maternal grandmother was a diabetic and used saccharin as long as I could remember.  She died at 84 from heart disease.
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Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
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at wit's end
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit using Sweet N Low and Equal years ago because of things they said about both of them.  I have been using Splenda for quite some time, sure, I've had flareups but I cannot say it is related to Splenda though, and besides, everything you put in your mouth they say is bad for you. They would rather people eat nothing at all.  But I've since started using Truvia, and bought a box of actual Stevia the other day at a health food store. Eventually they will find things wrong with it.
 



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Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
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Dr-A
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
about the only sweetners that are safe is honey and stevia because they are natural, which are the only sweetners I use.

:)


Don't forget about Agave Nectar.
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quincy
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   Posted 2/17/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
They've already found stuff wrong with Stevia.

At least the sugar can be used by the body.....and we can control the amount we use.

Dr. Oz suggests the agave syrup...would probably be awesome in coffee, tea, etc.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
That's okay Q, you stick with your sugar and I'll stick with my Stevia.

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princesa
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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd be even more afraid of Nutrasweet (aspartame). Do a search and you'll have an eye opening experience. Actually, they're saying now that the old saccharin is considered to be safer than the newer stuff.

So, Q, could you be more specific about what's been found "wrong with stevia?"
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IndianaUC
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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
They're adding stuff to the Truvia and other stevia products. I bought a stevia plant and I just grind it up and put in in my food as is.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 2/17/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I never use artificial sweeteners, never have. Not due to UC, they've just always freaked me out- what's so bad about plain old sugar???? Come on, a man-made chemical or sugar???? Such an easy choice. I know there's been raves about Stevia. But to me, it's the same as the other articial crap.
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princesa
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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Stevia's not a man-made chemical and shouldn't be compared to artificial sweeteners. It's an herb from South America that has been used safely for hundreds of years in other countries. And it doesn't affect blood sugar levels or aggravate candida overgrowth.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
That's okay Q, you stick with your sugar and I'll stick with my Stevia.

:)

rather than making it personal........
 
I didn't say I wouldn't use it (it's actually in the ginger teabags I've recently purchased)..I think the problem is that people who see sugar as bad go overboard with the perceived freedom of having an alternative.   If sugar is deemed bad, people may limit the intake...more psychological.
 
One thing....stevia and agave are much more expensive and not as likely to be in products...so, the use of them would probably be less if one has to purchase them.
 
Any alternatives, not all agree, natural or not.  princesa...again, once used in excess, if something doesn't agree or is contradictory to someone, it can cause problems.  Just because one culture uses it with no problems doesn't mean another culture won't have problems with it.  I think it's not the whole leave product...it's the extracts that may be considered a culprit.  Now that it's in a larger production, there will always be short-cuts...
We are always promised that things are good for us...time always tells the truth, and it's human nature to go overboard with freebies.
 
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
What's wrong with plain old sugar????? It's not plain old sugar when it has a shelf life of about a thousand yrs....sugar has all kinds of side effects on people from mental to physical, some kids bounce off of walls because of sugar, if you gave them stevia I would bet anything they would not be bouncing off of walls.

I don't use Truvia, I use plain old Stevia which is a natural plant and not processed the way sugar is, and there's no calories which is quite the opposite of plain old sugar, and not to mention people with diabetes can use Stevia with no issues what so ever, unlike plain old sugar.

about the only negative thing that was discovered about Stevia (which of course those useless FDA's jumped all over, was a very small study that supposedly indicated that it could possible cause infertility in women, but because the study was so small and not accurately done (whatever that means) apparently that one and only particular study has no credit.

I've been using it for yrs now with no issues in anyway, and only a tiny bit on the tip of a tsp goes a long way, it's no wonder there's no calories, not to mention that tiny amount would likely be very difficult to cause any serious issues. Especially considering people in south america that have been using it for decades are still using it and coca cola is now trying to put it in their product, of course they're messing with the original plant so they can patent it so I wouldn't trust how coca cola is altering, it probably will kill you once they're done manipulating it and then of course that will in turn give Stevia a bad rap.

Look at the big picture, people in general aren't using Stevia, you can tell by their waist sizes and increasing issues with health, especially diabetes which is now on the rise like crazy.

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Eva Lou
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   Posted 2/17/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
well for me, I'm lucky in that I don't add sugar to much of anything- I use it when I bake, obviously, or if I eat candy, cake, ice cream- they all have sugar in them. I don't add it to coffee, or sprinkle it on cereal or fruit, or use it in tea.... I guess my thing is "When does someone need to use an artificial sweetener?". In what food product do you use it? Cooking, baking, general table use??? Is it to cut caloric intake? I see the sugar-free candy, for diabetics, but other than that.... I don't generally drink sodas, once in a blue moon I'll have a ginger ale. So to have a need for packets of artificial sweetener always puzzled me- sugar packets, too, for that matter! Also, salt probably has a shelf life of about a thousand years too, so...... that means nothing.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want my sweet treats to taste good!

I like my coffee sweet, and don't want the calories and carbs in sugar. That's what I've liked about Splenda, it tastes like sugar to me, no weird aftertaste. Stevia alone has an aftertaste of licorice, and Truvia tastes better. I've read it's because they just use the best tasting part of the plant. So I'm trying it...see if I can get used to the taste (and carry it with me because it's too expensive for restaurants to offer).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Never used artifial sweeteners. Too creepy with all the possible health warnings/side effects - especially with their chemical natures.
I can detect Splenda in an item with one taste. It has a horrible, metallic and artifial after taste. Refuse to use it.
Try to sweeten food with natural things like fruit, honey or small amnt of sugar.

Been avoiding sigar and art. sweeterners for abt 7 months now and notice that so many items are just WAY too sweet to eat...
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Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
 
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pb4
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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
well for me, I'm lucky in that I don't add sugar to much of anything- I use it when I bake, obviously, or if I eat candy, cake, ice cream- they all have sugar in them. I don't add it to coffee, or sprinkle it on cereal or fruit, or use it in tea.... I guess my thing is "When does someone need to use an artificial sweetener?". In what food product do you use it? Cooking, baking, general table use??? Is it to cut caloric intake? I see the sugar-free candy, for diabetics, but other than that.... I don't generally drink sodas, once in a blue moon I'll have a ginger ale. So to have a need for packets of artificial sweetener always puzzled me- sugar packets, too, for that matter! Also, salt probably has a shelf life of about a thousand years too, so...... that means nothing.


You can bake with it, just google "baking with Stevia", I add it to tea sometimes or when I have a decaff...I don't generally use sugar or stevia or any sweetners for cooking though.  It just natrually has such a low calorie intake, it's not designed that way by manufacturers, it's naturally like that.  My brother is diabetic and he uses it in his coffee and loves it.  I don't eat candy, or any store-bought sweets of any kind because it's all filled with not just sugar and artificial sweetner crap but other junk as well.  As far as the salt goes, it's not good for you either, not in the excessive amounts people basically get in their diet daily, but no one ever thinks about that.  Of course we need some salt but not what most eat in a day that's for sure.

 

:)


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