A new study done at Duke University and published this past week in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part Ahas some frightening news about Splenda (sucralose).

According to the study, the use of Splenda:

  • Reduces the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50%.
  • Increases the pH level in the intestines.
  • Contributes to increases in body weight.
  • And affects the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in the body in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected.

The study, authored by Drs. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, Eman M. El-Masry, Ali A. Abdel-Rahman, Roger E. McLendon and Susan S. Schiffman, was conducted using male rats over a period of twelve weeks.

You have probably heard of some downsides to artificial sweetners, especially Nutrasweet. A lot of the complaints had some merit but were not conclusive, but this one seems especially damning and outright scary!

There's a lot of talk about lack of oversight in banking. Looks like the FDA needs some help big time.
Source: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, Volume 71, Issue 21 January 2008 , pages 1415 – 1429.

An update: I have received emails from people saying that this study was sponsored by the sugar lobby and that we should the results above with a "grain of salt" (sorry to mix small white stuff). So I had to do some digging.

According to an article in the New York Times:

The study was in fact funded by the Sugar Lobby. It turns out that there is a serious feud going on between these two lobbies. Splenda was sued by the Sugar Lobby back in 2004 for saying,
"made like sugar, so it tastes like sugar."

They have sinced changed the tagline. Anyway, getting back to the main issue, one has to decide if scientists at Duke University would actually create false data for the Sugar Lobby.

Wierder things have happened, but this would be serious stuff. One of the lead researchers of the study, Dr. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, said Monday that the Sugar Association had "no input" into the study's findings and conclusions.

My recommendation – stay away from sugar and sucralose, and while you are at it stay away from NutraSweet too!

Almost all of the most recent research (even excluding the research above) indicates that they cause weight gain at the very least. Our weight loss psychologist says that it takes four days of staying away from these substances to end the cravings.

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