Splenda may not be so splendid

Splenda also known as sucralose, was discovered by accident in 1976 by scientists in Britain while searching for a new pesticide formulation. They found that if the sucrose molecule (white sugar) was chemically changed by substituting chlorine atoms that they found a product that was very sweet. This is the claim that Splenda is derived from sugar and is ” natural”. Sucralose is hardly similiar to sugar due to its chemical alteration. It is actually closer in structure to many pesticides called chlorocarbons.

Manufacturers supplied the FDA with a few studies based on rodents and did find that with very high doses that sucralose did cause shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers and kidney disorders. A more recent study in 2008 published in, The Journal of Toxiclogy and Environmental Health, has shown that Splenda had significantly altered the normal microflora in the gut of rodents. This could possibly lead to leaky gut patterns. The FDA did approve the usage of sucralose as a food additive in 1999 and felt it was safe for human consumption since these few short term studies were based on rodents and not human trials. Since then only 6 very short term (3 months or less) have been performed. There have been no longer term (more than 6 months) studies performed on humans and the studies have not been conducted independently of the food industry.So, taking this product long term and on an a regular basis, you could be part of a long term human experiment!

The side effects of Splenda is slowly accumulating. Self reported adverse reactions are collected by, Sucralose Toxicity Information Center. They have found the following major side effects: skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness, numbness,diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches,headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues and stomach pain.