Six years ago, when I told my readers to avoid Splenda, many thought I was crazy. What could be wrong with a sweetener that’s 600 times as sweet as ordinary table sugar and has no calories? Well, as I told you then, Splenda is not splendid! There are plenty of problems with it.
I know, the FDA says it’s safe. But they say a lot of drugs are safe too — and they’re not! So why trust them here? Not only is Splenda not safe, some of the new evidence coming out about it says it is even more dangerous than I originally thought. In fact, it might cause cancer!
The FDA says that you’re safe consuming 5 mg/kg per day. But a recent study out of Duke University found problems at much lower levels.
The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health published the results of this study. This three-month animal study says doses between 1.1 and 11 mg/kg caused weight gain. That’s right. This zero-calorie sweetener caused weight gain, not weight loss as you’d expect. The more Splenda you use, the more likely it is that you’ll gain some of the weight you want to lose.
But the news gets worse.
This sweetener also affected the colonies of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract, lowering them by a whopping 50%! Killing off friendly bacteria puts you at risk for nutrient deficiencies (especially vitamin B12), a suppressed immune system, and yeast infections.
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Based on their findings, the researchers at Duke suspect that the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for sucralose in humans may be 500 times lower than the FDA recommendations! That’s really like saying no amount is safe. That’s exactly what I told you six years ago.
That’s bad enough. But another new study just found that Splenda may cause cancer. In this study, researchers fed 843 mice various doses of sucralose (Splenda) throughout their life. They found that the more sucralose the mice consumed, the higher their likelihood of developing leukemia.
This team of researchers is the same team that discovered aspartame causes cancer. They have become the experts on artificial sweeteners. So their findings carry a lot of weight. They admit the findings are in rats, not people. But they still warn that consumers, particularly children and pregnant women, “avoid consuming artificial sweeteners whenever possible.”
I’ll have more on these studies and the problems with Splenda in an upcoming issue of my newsletter. But don’t wait until you have all the details. Stop consuming Splenda immediately! It really can destroy your health. Plus, there are healthy ways to sweeten your food and drinks. My favorites are agave and stevia. Both are readily available at health food stores, some grocery stores, and online.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Women’s Health Letter, January 2003, pg 8.
Abou-Donia, et al, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, Volume 71, Issue 21 January 2008 , pages 1415 - 1429.