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Splenda..is it ok to use?


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I use Splenda in my tea(usually 3 cups a day) and in my cereal.Is it ok , or not so good?
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Depends on who you ask.  I don't particularly agree with the "all artificial sweeteners are poison" people.

There are some people that have actually had bad reactions to it, but for the most part, there's nothing wrong with limited use of artificial sweeteners in general.

If you're not having adverse reactions, it shouldn't be a problem.

It's not so good moosie.

There are many studies out there. Some say artificial sweeteners do no harm. Some say they are toxic. Some say eating sweet things causes sweet cravings (leading to weight gain) regardless of whether the sweetener is articifial or real.

In the end it is best for your body if you can drink unsweetened beverages (plain ol water or herbal tea is great), tapering off the sweetener slowly might help. The same goes for cereal: the less sweet you eat, the less you will crave.

EDITed to ADD: I agree with the 'limited use' idea, but habitually using artificial sweeteners, four or more times per day doesn't seem very limited to me.
Thanks all. Dont really see me stopping use of some kind of sweetener. Just wondered if you thought it was better than Equal and Sweet and Low. It has to be better than sugar.lol
Yeah, of the three I would say Splenda is better. Since I don't use much sweetener at all, I just use a little natural honey when I do.

You have to weight the risks and benefits of using anything artifical.  Personally I try to stay away from anything manufactured.  Do a google search for Dr. Weils comments on sucralose.  I think he  makes alot of sense.  Historically when a new sugar substitute comes out, it seems safe only to find out later it wasn't. Dr Mercola takes a much stronger stance against it... but he comes from more extreme position I think.  IMHO I think I would rather add the 15 calories from sugar rather than risk it.  I have tried stevia... but didn't like it... have you tried it? 

Actually just heard about it, but know nothing about it. Whats the difference?

I have to agree with Santonacci.  If you aren't having adverse reaction to it, then I wouldn't worry about it, especially if the use you described is the extent of your usage. 

As for the studies on artificial sweetners, most of their bad rap comes from saccharine and aspartame like in Sweet & Low and Nutrasweet.  Most of the bad info I have seen on Splenda is anecdotal evidence, not scientific studies.  Some people apparently have allergic reactions to it and many claim that it hasn't been around long enough to have any real data on it's safety, but since sucralose has been around for over 20 years, I don't know how they can say that there isn't enough data.

And sweet cravings in and of themselves don't cause weight gain, it is indulging them with sugar laden foods that leads to weight gain. 

It probably isn't a bad idea to work to try to reduce your sweet cravings, but as long as you indulge those cravings with something healthy like fruit or something made without refined sugar, then what's the big deal.

Thanks. I liked your input, but i really don't think having a sweetener in my tea and cereal( i hate milk and it helps) is considered a sweet craving. If i have a craving it will be for something chocolate. Or something with tons of butter...really miss it. thanks again.

I would not recommend Splenda. You can google it and find all the bad info. on it, so I won't get into it here.

I use Stevia. It's from a plant so it's natural/healthy. I like the Sweet Leaf brand, liquid Stevia. But they do sell it in powder form.

Stevia is good and so is Agave nectar. They are natural sweetners and don't spike your blood sugar (which I believe encourages your body to crave sweets).

However, I must admit, I just bought a huge bag of Splenda last night at the grocery store.....I'm going to return it. I had a weak moment and decided to cave in but today I am strong again!

I have used Agave in the past and I absolutely love it but it's more on the pricey side. I read a book called "skinny bitch" and it talks allot about the poisons in artificial sweetners and also references the information obtained to back it up. (not advocating the book what so ever but found it very informative;  they are super huge Vegans which I am not) I do also notice that when I drink a Diet Coke, I crave sweets. And when I drink Chrystal Light. The common factor in both of those is Aspartame. Yikes....

But hey, to each his own.

It is fact that Aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body. Splenda may too, for all I know. Once I heard the report about Aspartame I stopped cold turkey (2002, I think it was). It's poison--period.

 

Original Post by allie391:

It is fact that Aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body. 

It's also a fact that formaldehyde is the result of the breakdown of methanol, which is a natural by product of human metabolism.  There's methanol after the breakdown of fruit juice and alchohol too.

Much of the claims of the "poisonous" nature of aspartame have been debunked many times over.  http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartam e.asp

If a person has a sensitivity to it, they shouldn't use it.  If they don't there shouldn't be a problem with limited use.

But, yeah...to each their own.  Nobody's being forced to use it, right?

Original Post by allie391:

I would not recommend Splenda. You can google it and find all the bad info. on it, so I won't get into it here.

I use Stevia. It's from a plant so it's natural/healthy. I like the Sweet Leaf brand, liquid Stevia. But they do sell it in powder form.

Stevia is horrible for you. Don't use it! It is a mutagen! It causes your internal organs to mutate!! Mostly your liver!

Okay...seriously....

I use Splenda. I love it. I don't have sweet cravings. I lose weight. And I can't have sugar or I do gain weight (insulin resistance). If you don't have problems with it, then don't worry. Some people overreact. If they only knew what was in all of their foods they would never eat.

OMG. Animals crap on vegetables in fields! Don't eat veggies! OMG, bugs crawl on grains when they are in fields! Don't eat grains! Eww! Ewww! Fruits get bugs in them!!! AAAHHH! No more fruits!!!

Seriously.

Sometimes I go through 20-30 packets of splenda a day. I use it daily for my oatmeal and coffee if I drink it and that is it! I hope it is not harmful because I eat a ton of it. I love it. It tastes just like sugar!! And they even have it in brown sugar and you can bake with it. That is awesome!!
I must say that I do one thing for sure. I drink one cup of coffee per day and will not drink it unless I have my organic brown sugar! mmmmm. that's the bestest.
Original Post by hgielrehtaeh:

Stevia is horrible for you. Don't use it! It is a mutagen! It causes your internal organs to mutate!! Mostly your liver!

Okay...seriously....

I use Splenda. I love it. I don't have sweet cravings. I lose weight. And I can't have sugar or I do gain weight (insulin resistance). If you don't have problems with it, then don't worry. Some people overreact. If they only knew what was in all of their foods they would never eat.

OMG. Animals crap on vegetables in fields! Don't eat veggies! OMG, bugs crawl on grains when they are in fields! Don't eat grains! Eww! Ewww! Fruits get bugs in them!!! AAAHHH! No more fruits!!!

Seriously.

 I love you! Laughing

I think if you are craving sweet, go for the real thing or you can end up overeating just trying to get what you are craving.

1 teaspoon of sugar has only 10 calories, so I would just stick with that.  I really am wary of all the chemicals we put in our bodies, so if I can avoid it, I will.

If you really want a sugar alternative, I'd say Splenda is your best option, but for small amounts, real sugar is not going to have that much of an impact on your diet.

PS. For chocolate cravings, may I recommend one of Trader Joe's dark chocolate truffles.  They are around 70 calories and 5 grams of fat, and so rich, you really can't eat more than 1 or 2.  These are my saving grace sometimes!

Original Post by hgielrehtaeh:

Stevia is horrible for you. Don't use it! It is a mutagen! It causes your internal organs to mutate!! Mostly your liver!

Okay...seriously....

I use Splenda. I love it. I don't have sweet cravings. I lose weight. And I can't have sugar or I do gain weight (insulin resistance). If you don't have problems with it, then don't worry. Some people overreact. If they only knew what was in all of their foods they would never eat.

OMG. Animals crap on vegetables in fields! Don't eat veggies! OMG, bugs crawl on grains when they are in fields! Don't eat grains! Eww! Ewww! Fruits get bugs in them!!! AAAHHH! No more fruits!!!

Seriously.

 Oh my gosh---ha ha-----thank you SO much :) HA HA!! I LOVE IT! :)
couldn't have said it better myself :) *bow* and *applaud*

Original Post by hgielrehtaeh:

Original Post by allie391:

I would not recommend Splenda. You can google it and find all the bad info. on it, so I won't get into it here.

I use Stevia. It's from a plant so it's natural/healthy. I like the Sweet Leaf brand, liquid Stevia. But they do sell it in powder form.

Stevia is horrible for you. Don't use it! It is a mutagen! It causes your internal organs to mutate!! Mostly your liver!

Okay...seriously....

I use Splenda. I love it. I don't have sweet cravings. I lose weight. And I can't have sugar or I do gain weight (insulin resistance). If you don't have problems with it, then don't worry. Some people overreact. If they only knew what was in all of their foods they would never eat.

OMG. Animals crap on vegetables in fields! Don't eat veggies! OMG, bugs crawl on grains when they are in fields! Don't eat grains! Eww! Ewww! Fruits get bugs in them!!! AAAHHH! No more fruits!!!

Seriously.

Are you serious about Stevia? Do you have links you can provide with that info?  Thanks.

Stevia, the mutagen:

http://www.cspinet.org/new/stevia.html

Scroll down about four paragraphs: http://www.uspharmacist.com/oldformat.asp?url =newlook/files/Comp/stevia2.html&pub_id=8 &article_id=634

See part two of the answer: http://drclydewilson.typepad.com/drclydewilso n/2007/03/stevia_a_mutage.html

http://www.cspinet.org/nah/4_00/stevia.html

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=Arti cleURL&_udi=B6TCP-4MKCGXJ-1&_user=10& amp;_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_s ort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_ve rsion=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10& md5=3b376227fab01bf48d3e561a40f686c8

And as for the "we don't know if it happens in humans, it only happened in lab mice" thing...that's the exact same thing they said about Aspertame and cancer in lab mice (and they were given a dosage that would be the equivalent of a human eating something like 100 pounds of aspertame a day every day).

I don't have a problem eating these products. I've never had adverse effects from eating them.

Just because something is natural (arsenic, dog ****) doesn't make it good for people to eat. Just because something doesn't come from nature doesn't mean it's bad for you.

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