Thursday, February 1, 2007

I'm afraid of Splenda

Ever since it emerged on the market I've been skeptical of this substance. I just don't trust artificial foods. Will I go so far as to claim it will cause cancer or is the equivalent of eating Agent Orange (as my most recent email claims)? No. But I know the results of the tests and I have an inherent distrust of the FDA (blaim it on my consumer health class) and their recent "hiccups" like Vioxx.

It's one of those things where if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Splenda isn't made from sugar, it was discovered while making a pesticide. And like pesticides, it's a chlorocarbon. Because of this, the body absorbs as little as possible. THAT is why it's adverstised as "low calorie". You only absorb about 15% of the substance. Lab rats wont even eat it!

I'm only slightly less afraid of margarine.

I think the bottom line is that we ultimately just need to cut back on sweets. That's it. We don't need to invent ways to make cookies "healthier", just maybe eat less cookies. Also use pure cane sugar, honey, or fruit as a sweetener. I know, I'm suggesting the awful, aren't I?

11 comments:

  1. Hi. I can hardly blame you for your skepticism, there haven't been any long term conclusive tests done about the health effects of Splenda. On the other hand, even breathing kills us nowadays, so molecularly altered sugar probly isn't gonna effect a person's life-span too much, in moderation.

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  2. "It’s one of those things where if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

    This is the one thing keeping me from having laser hair removal on my legs. Never have to shave again?? I'm convinced one day those lasers will be to blame cancer or blot clots or something weird like that. And just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean it isn't true! :D

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  3. Exactly. I've always wanted laser hair removal, but I'm gonna wait a little while longer. If you learn anything from the FDA it is never take anything that hasn't been out at least 30 years. Remember DES? What a miracle, it prevents miscarriages. Oh it causes cancer and infertility in the resultant children. Ooops.
    And my immune system can keep up with the crap I breathe in (except the AWFUL inversion days), I'm not so sure it can keep up with chemically altered "food" it can't even break down.

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  4. Stevia is a very good non-sugar sweetener and it's all natural. The downside is that it doesn't have any of the chemical properties of sugar, so forget about it making a delightful syrup when poured on strawberries.

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  5. My dad's a diabetic with a big sweet tooth. Candy and sweets with splenda have saved him from chocolate binges that could endanger his life. Is it damaging to him? Possibly, but Diabetes is life threatening. Its all about balance, really.

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  6. I love honey. :-) Just thought I'd share.

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  7. I just bought a big thing of Cary's sugar-free syrup at the store this morning. And I ate a bunch of it. It's got TWO different artificial sweeteners in it. So tasty.

    I'll probably be dead in 5 years.

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  8. I just ate Cheez Whiz. I'm going to be dead in a few minutes.

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  9. See... I CAN see your side. EASILY. And in general, I figure, the less processed, the better. I used olive oil instead of margarine or butter (or I use apple sauce if I can get away with it) and things like that. And for cooking I will generally use Honey, and just try to use less OF it in order to make it healthier.

    However, well, even that just doesn't cut it sometimes. If I am getting something pre-sweetened, like Chocolate? I figure that the lesser of two evils, diabeticly speaking, to take the Splenda.

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