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Does this Study Motivate you to get off Splenda?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Come on fess-up. You know it's not paleo but you use the stuff anyway to flavor the coffee you can't seem to quit, and the "paleo" sweet treats you like to make on occasion.

But this is your gut-bacteria on Splenda http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291

So knowing that crap is messing with your all-important gut-flora, are any of you Splenda junkies motivated to get off it?

07d9d4a15bbce85a9b5804e9bbc82e56

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on January 11, 2014
at 11:59 PM

I'm pretty new to paleo, but I personally need splenda in my tea every morning in order to avoid cravings. Some people react differently to sweetener and instead of subsiding cravings sweetener makes them crave more; so in my opinion do what is best for you! Its true you are "healthier" by avoiding sweeteners, but no matter what people say is better for you, if you are 90% paleo then you are already doing your body a huge favor and going to be healthier in the long run, even with your splenda now and then. Don't overwhelm yourselves! do what works for you and you will be successful. :)

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 02, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Yea I agree. Splenda and stuff with sucralose have weird aftertastes. Not to mention causing bloating!

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on October 21, 2012
at 02:35 AM

The chlorine in sucralose is supposed to be so tightly bonded to the sugar molecule that it does not breakdown in the body and become free chlorine. I've ready reports of sucralose being found in waste water treatment plants in unaltered from passage through humans. OTOH, the weak ionic bonds holding salt NaCl molecules together break immediately on contact with water so free chlorine is easily produced in the gut. In fact we need some of that to make stomach acid which is just HCL. I don't see the issue with chlorine in sucralose.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on October 21, 2012
at 02:14 AM

I do a lot of work with patent claims and comprised of or comprising is almost universally used to describe what makes up something. I thought this was wrong as well for a very long time, but then I actually looked up the definition of comprising and the usage is actually proper even if it does sound wrong.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on October 05, 2012
at 10:35 AM

Ha! I share this disdain for the overuse (over-utilization?) of the word "utilize." In nearly every case, "use" works fine or better.

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on September 29, 2012
at 02:37 PM

+1 for honesty.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on September 29, 2012
at 07:13 AM

+1 for grammar police. Another one I cringe at is when scientists say "utilized" instead of "used"

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:55 PM

I have a really sensitive digestive system and I've never had an issue, but for what it's worth apparently some people do get a stomach ache or bloating from it. I don't know whether they were using some "spoonable" brand that has additives like sugar alcohols or something similar that can cause GI distress, though. I would get pure stevia (no additives, that is) and just see how you do on it. :)

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on March 15, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Ok, great idea! I will definitely try this. Is it common to have adverse reactions or anything like that with stevia like GI disturbance? I haven't heard of anything but I thought I would double check.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on March 15, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I would suggest trying a little at a time in a cup of tea or coffee, so that you can gradually adjust it until it's sweet enough and compare how much you used to how much Splenda or sugar normally goes in your beverage. (And for what it's worth, 1 scoop of Kal is equal to about 1 tablespoon of sugar's sweetness. :P)

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on March 15, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Jen, I thought working with stevia would screw everything up for me since I didn't know how to work with it but it really is easy to get a handle on once you know how to deal with it. And I would actually suggest Kal stevia (you can find it on Amazon easily, and for the cheapest price I've ever seen for good-quality stevia). I'm too cheap to buy NuNaturals and didn't like Sweet Leaf, and with Kal it's really easy to figure out how much to use. And yes, whichever brand you try, it will work in your recipes provided you know how much stevia will produce the desired sweetness.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Very good observation about chlorine in water.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:20 PM

After 16 years of vegetarianism and 7 years of "ibs" type symptoms, I value my gut flora too much to TOUCH it. It's in a lot of protein powders too, which sucks. I won't eat anything with Splenda or sucralose in it.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Agave is crap IMO. It's like 90% fructose, which is the most "evil" of the sugars. Honey is only about 50% fructose, with the less problematic monosaccharide glucose making up the remaining 50% or so.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 12:30 PM

@ Wozza - Fructose or glucose? Or both?

C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:03 AM

sugar will also alter your gut flora

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on March 14, 2012
at 11:16 PM

So I guess if I threw a bunch of tomatoes, shrooms and lettuce into my pool, it would keep the algae away? LOL

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on March 14, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Good idea, for some reason I don't tend to think of stevia. I use splenda often in whey protein powder and egg pancakes, do you think that stevia would still work there?

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Yeah, this guy ruined nutrasweet for me years ago. So when Splenda came on the scene I thought great! But now I think it's probably not so great after all. Cause anything that destroys your healthy gut-flora just can't be good in the long-run.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I hear ya. That used to be my reasoning as well. I figured I'd take the "small theoretica" risk of Splenda, rather than suffer ruined teeth and excess fructose exposure. But I've become VERY concerned about gut flora, as I now feel screwed up gut flora is a HUGE reason why there is an explosion of weird auto-immune diseases, IBS, GERD, and food reactions. So if Splenda kills off my healthy gut flora, it may be just as bad as real sugar. It sucks I know. A life with nothing sweet but an occasional piece of fruit is hard for me to contemplate, but perhaps required if health is to be optimized.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:03 PM

The only filler in Splenda to my knowledge is maltodextrin, which is basically powdered glucose. But sucralose contains chlorine, which I feel may the culprit in screwing with gut flora. In fact, I have NEVER heard anyone talk about sucralose and gut flora, but being aware the stuff contains chlorine, and having just recently become aware that gut flora is a HUGE part of human health, I decided to google it, and this study was the first thing that came up. I didn't even have to dig far at all.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 14, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I vote for stevia too. I love the NuNaturals Vanilla liquid the best. You just can't use too much or it gets bitter. Some brands of stevia are downright nasty so don't be cheap and buy some off brand. Stick with NuNaturals or Sweet Leaf.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 14, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Yep. So would I.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 14, 2012
at 06:00 PM

why do either? How about a drip of honey when absolutely necessary?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 14, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I switched to stevia last year.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on March 14, 2012
at 02:28 PM

how about going zero sweetners for 30 days and seeing how you respond?

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:27 PM

YEP, I had a sweet tooth until I went paleo/primal. Now I only seem to want a little chocolate around THAT TIME>..significantly down from SAD diet where I wanted something daily....

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0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Turns out this study done on rats was funded by the sugar-industry. The sugar industry HATES Splenda for daring to imply Splenda is made from sugar. They have a long running feud going.

According to the usually alarmist CSPI, (An organization which BTW originally opposed Splenda, but apparently later realized that their objection had no scientific merit) this rat study showing decreased gut-flora in rats was a weak study.

They say...

"More recently, a 2008 study funded by the sugar industry purported to show that large amounts of Splenda upset the balance of bacteria and had other effects in the gastrointestinal tract of rats. Unfortunately, the study was poorly designed; it should be repeated with an improved design before demonstrating a problem."

The rat study has also come under further scrutiny here...

Looks like I may have raised an alarm without true scientific merit. Please forgive me.

7
40b065644e95a090f6a41808303773ae

on March 14, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Never had that problem because I think Splenda tastes gross anyway, even before paleo.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on March 14, 2012
at 02:27 PM

YEP, I had a sweet tooth until I went paleo/primal. Now I only seem to want a little chocolate around THAT TIME>..significantly down from SAD diet where I wanted something daily....

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on February 02, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Yea I agree. Splenda and stuff with sucralose have weird aftertastes. Not to mention causing bloating!

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 15, 2012
at 07:01 PM

People who worry about the impact of Splenda's chlorine on gut flora might benefit from examining their showering/bathing habits--if they live somewhere with chlorinated water. And the mechanism surprised me: it's not drinking the water, but breathing chlorine vapor. Chlorine absorbed this way is delivered directly to the blood stream (no first pass through the early stages of digestion), which delivers it pretty quickly to the lining of the gut where it may affect gut flora. That's the theory, anyhow.

As for me, I avoid Splenda for the same reason as all other artificial sweeteners: I worry that they reinforce my desire for things that taste unnaturally sweet, making it more difficult to control sweet cravings. About two weeks into paleo, I noticed a marked diminishing of my desire for sweets, to the degree that I could easily satisfy it with a piece of almost any type of sweet fruit--even berries, which I previously always wanted sweetened. I attribute my improved sweetness sensitivity to the elimination of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. I also became more salt-sensitive.

As an aside, I was irritated by the opening sentence of the linked abstract: "Splenda is comprised of [stuff]" No, "Spenda is composed of [stuff]." Things either comprise stuff, or are composed of stuff, but are not comprised of stuff. Pedantic of me? Perhaps. But it is an academic abstract, after all.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Very good observation about chlorine in water.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on September 29, 2012
at 07:13 AM

+1 for grammar police. Another one I cringe at is when scientists say "utilized" instead of "used"

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on October 05, 2012
at 10:35 AM

Ha! I share this disdain for the overuse (over-utilization?) of the word "utilize." In nearly every case, "use" works fine or better.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on October 21, 2012
at 02:14 AM

I do a lot of work with patent claims and comprised of or comprising is almost universally used to describe what makes up something. I thought this was wrong as well for a very long time, but then I actually looked up the definition of comprising and the usage is actually proper even if it does sound wrong.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 14, 2012
at 04:01 PM

I'd rather see a study done with only sucralose, not Splenda, which contains additional fillers.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:03 PM

The only filler in Splenda to my knowledge is maltodextrin, which is basically powdered glucose. But sucralose contains chlorine, which I feel may the culprit in screwing with gut flora. In fact, I have NEVER heard anyone talk about sucralose and gut flora, but being aware the stuff contains chlorine, and having just recently become aware that gut flora is a HUGE part of human health, I decided to google it, and this study was the first thing that came up. I didn't even have to dig far at all.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on March 14, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Yep. So would I.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on March 14, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I've never liked the taste of artificial sweeteners. I satisfy my sweet tooth with fresh fruit, organic fruit yogurt, and the occasional confection. Once in a while, I'll make a paleo dessert type food using purified stevia extract, but I always add a bit of maple syrup to improve the taste. Stevia by itself just doesn't cut it for me.

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on March 14, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I gave up all artificial sweeteners for my New Year's resolution and frankly, it was the best decision I ever made. This study only makes me feel that more strongly.

1
59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on September 29, 2012
at 02:30 PM

My addiction to Splenda has gotten so bad that I have to sell my body on the streets to maintain my supply.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

(2177)

on September 29, 2012
at 02:37 PM

+1 for honesty.

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19c13773dba1177de1ab31a5031c6b7b

on September 29, 2012
at 07:00 AM

I am wondering about Nectresss which gets it's sweetness from Monk Fruit Extract, the natural sweetener made from the goodness of real fruit. Monk Fruit Extract is an exciting new 100% natural sweetening ingredient that is about 150X sweeter than sugar, and contributes zero calories per serving to NECTRESSE??? Natural No Calorie Sweetener. Is this like Stevia - natural and not a gut buster?

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on March 14, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Mathy answers again:

I used to eat Splenda at a rate of up to 12 packets per day, which is 12g of product.

Then I weighed 125kg.

So my peak intake was 96mg/kg, putting me in the lowest dose group of the rats here.

I later replaced half of it with Stevia. Now I rarely use either because I broke my compulsion to sweeten things. But it's a good reason to add some probiotics every so often if you are using Splenda.

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70d6aacc9f525accd4ed15129c6e65af

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on March 14, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Interesting. I only use splenda.

I've come to the realization that everything is going to cause something. Call me crazy, but I'll take altered gut-flora over the known side effects of pure sugar-- rotten teeth, weight gain, and diabetes.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 12:30 PM

@ Wozza - Fructose or glucose? Or both?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 14, 2012
at 06:00 PM

why do either? How about a drip of honey when absolutely necessary?

C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on March 15, 2012
at 06:03 AM

sugar will also alter your gut flora

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I hear ya. That used to be my reasoning as well. I figured I'd take the "small theoretica" risk of Splenda, rather than suffer ruined teeth and excess fructose exposure. But I've become VERY concerned about gut flora, as I now feel screwed up gut flora is a HUGE reason why there is an explosion of weird auto-immune diseases, IBS, GERD, and food reactions. So if Splenda kills off my healthy gut flora, it may be just as bad as real sugar. It sucks I know. A life with nothing sweet but an occasional piece of fruit is hard for me to contemplate, but perhaps required if health is to be optimized.

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Watching a couple of Blaylock's talks on excitotoxins made sure I'd never touch the stuff again; not that it was a frequent occurrence before. I prefer a few drops of vanilla stevia for any sweetening I might desire. Thanks for the link to the study on splenda, interesting stuff.

Dr Russell Blaylock Nutrition and Behavior

EXCITOTOXINS: The Taste That Kills

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Yeah, this guy ruined nutrasweet for me years ago. So when Splenda came on the scene I thought great! But now I think it's probably not so great after all. Cause anything that destroys your healthy gut-flora just can't be good in the long-run.

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0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Oh man.

This is not good news for my sweet tooth. I actually use the stuff pretty often as I have a bad reaction to all sugar alcohols, even erythritol which is supposed to be GI distress free.

Anyone have solutions except resigning oneself to a lifetime of frustrated sweet expectations? I use huge amounts of cinnamon to simulate 'sweetness', but sometimes ten teaspoons of cinnamon just doesn't cut it in a recipe.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:28 PM

how about going zero sweetners for 30 days and seeing how you respond?

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

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on March 14, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Good idea, for some reason I don't tend to think of stevia. I use splenda often in whey protein powder and egg pancakes, do you think that stevia would still work there?

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on March 15, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I would suggest trying a little at a time in a cup of tea or coffee, so that you can gradually adjust it until it's sweet enough and compare how much you used to how much Splenda or sugar normally goes in your beverage. (And for what it's worth, 1 scoop of Kal is equal to about 1 tablespoon of sugar's sweetness. :P)

0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on March 15, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Ok, great idea! I will definitely try this. Is it common to have adverse reactions or anything like that with stevia like GI disturbance? I haven't heard of anything but I thought I would double check.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I switched to stevia last year.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on March 14, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I vote for stevia too. I love the NuNaturals Vanilla liquid the best. You just can't use too much or it gets bitter. Some brands of stevia are downright nasty so don't be cheap and buy some off brand. Stick with NuNaturals or Sweet Leaf.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on March 15, 2012
at 09:30 PM

Jen, I thought working with stevia would screw everything up for me since I didn't know how to work with it but it really is easy to get a handle on once you know how to deal with it. And I would actually suggest Kal stevia (you can find it on Amazon easily, and for the cheapest price I've ever seen for good-quality stevia). I'm too cheap to buy NuNaturals and didn't like Sweet Leaf, and with Kal it's really easy to figure out how much to use. And yes, whichever brand you try, it will work in your recipes provided you know how much stevia will produce the desired sweetness.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1071)

on March 15, 2012
at 11:55 PM

I have a really sensitive digestive system and I've never had an issue, but for what it's worth apparently some people do get a stomach ache or bloating from it. I don't know whether they were using some "spoonable" brand that has additives like sugar alcohols or something similar that can cause GI distress, though. I would get pure stevia (no additives, that is) and just see how you do on it. :)

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5d7bcef2d1ed28311e4ad8c9d0250389

on February 27, 2014
at 05:09 AM

So if Splenda is so harmful to our natural gut bacteria would it be okay to just take a good probiotic once a day to replace and boost numbers? I drink filtered water so am not getting chlorine from that source.

I have tried to acquire the taste for stevia but fail miserably.And my only real dietary vice is my enjoyment of sweet tea 2 or 3 times a day.

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07d9d4a15bbce85a9b5804e9bbc82e56

on January 12, 2014
at 12:07 AM

I'm pretty new to paleo, but here's my advice on the splenda issue. I personally need splenda in my tea every morning in order to avoid cravings. Some people react differently to sweetener and instead of subsiding cravings sweetener has the opposite effect on them making them crave more; so in my opinion do what is best for YOU. Its true you are "healthier" by avoiding sweeteners, and if it really wouldn't bother you to switch to a more natural sweetener then go for it! But no matter what people say is better for you, if you are at least 90% paleo most of the time, then you are already doing your body a huge favor and going to be healthier in the long run, even with your splenda now and then. Don't overwhelm yourselves! The true key is to do what works for you in order to stay paleo, and you will be successful. :)

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on March 24, 2013
at 12:34 AM

I love it when people start going all chemistry when talking about Splenda/Sucralose I understand that those theories are all based on years of science, but it would be nice to see tangible proof. Next time someone takes their little sub atomic ship down someones gut, maybe they can put a dash cam on there and post the video of those chlorine atoms. I just know that when I consume Splenda or Sucralose my gut swells up, the ER has thought I have kidney stones, I gain weight, I break out and I need ten times as much flavoring to taste anything. That is just the beginning. I don't care how many covalent bonds someone talks about, something is flawed with the science in my body. I wish it wouldn't have taken 5 years to figure it out, but glad I did. Symptoms started again until I found it in my toothpaste and hair gel (Sucralose). Now I feel great again.

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on March 23, 2013
at 06:52 PM

This study was funded by the sugar industry which hates Splenda - while one could argue that the study was flawed because it did not identify what ingredient in Splenda was responsible and instead targeted Splenda sweetener directly. Irregardless the findings are legitimate. The rats who were fed Splenda suffered a reduction of gut flora - although on thinking about it - I don't remember reading about a control group which would have made the study even more accurate. After taking a round of antibiotics for an infection and never replenishing my gut flora and having suffered a series of strange infections that doctors have tried to provide more antibiotics to cure - I have started looking into gut flora. What is known is that it exists and that it is important to have flora for a healthy gut but what is not known is what types of bacteria are healthy to have - etc. they're still discovering what bacteria are present in our guts. I'm off Splenda and doig what I can to restore healthy bacteria to my gut.

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(2698)

on October 21, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Xylitol seems like a good alternative.

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on October 20, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I loved some of the less sweet brands of no-added-sugar ice cream sweetened with Splenda but gave them up because they consistently gave me the runs.

0
96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on September 29, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Yup, was at costco the other day, and out of curiosity picked up a back of "100% Whey Protein", I don't know how these mofos get away with this $#!+, but the ingredient list contained not only splenda, but also artificial flavoring, and soy protein! Bunch of sneaky liars!

If you don't read the ingredients and only go by the label, you're the sucker and you pay with your health.

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D0952bfcc8728e24d32049dc9513b7a0

on March 15, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I'm trying to break the Splenda addiction... I accidentally bought a box of Splenda "with added fiber" a few weeks ago and it seems even more unnatural that way. I keep telling myself when I'm done with that box I'm going to quit, but I'm thinking about going cold turkey starting right now haha.

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C5ac86cf5317451d3a7a13fa75002931

on March 15, 2012
at 05:10 AM

I'm a sweet toothed monster, Love sweet stuff, since eating more of a paleo style diet I've gotten used to enjoying fruits (esp pineapple) and agave syrup, and raw honey, so yummy. In my coffee or tea I always use stevia, it is all natural and has a sweetening effect.

0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 15, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Agave is crap IMO. It's like 90% fructose, which is the most "evil" of the sugars. Honey is only about 50% fructose, with the less problematic monosaccharide glucose making up the remaining 50% or so.

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0a0afca93a127c82ec4192a2e99647f4

on March 14, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Came across this regarding the Chlorine in Splenda on SplendaTruth.com

*Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener contains chlorine and, therefore, must be dangerous.

Fact: Chlorine is a natural part of salt, which is found in many foods, like lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, melons, and peanut butter, and is added to most public water supplies. Chlorine is also a part of more complex molecules found in such things as lentils, peas, and potatoes. It is a part of daily life.

In the case of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, chlorine is used in a process that alters sugar to create the very stable no-calorie sweetener, sucralose. A large amount of research shows that sucralose can be used safely by everyone and that there is no cause for concern about safety because of chlorine. What's more, SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener does not build up in the body, nor is it broken down to yield any free chlorine or smaller chlorinated molecules, and sucralose is calorie-free.*

So of course they claim it's harmless.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on March 14, 2012
at 11:16 PM

So I guess if I threw a bunch of tomatoes, shrooms and lettuce into my pool, it would keep the algae away? LOL

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on October 21, 2012
at 02:35 AM

The chlorine in sucralose is supposed to be so tightly bonded to the sugar molecule that it does not breakdown in the body and become free chlorine. I've ready reports of sucralose being found in waste water treatment plants in unaltered from passage through humans. OTOH, the weak ionic bonds holding salt NaCl molecules together break immediately on contact with water so free chlorine is easily produced in the gut. In fact we need some of that to make stomach acid which is just HCL. I don't see the issue with chlorine in sucralose.

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on March 14, 2012
at 05:31 PM

I use Stevia... From the plant, or from the store shelf only if it's organic. It's sweet and delicious without a "weird" flavor!

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