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Splenda Kills

Updated on September 25, 2014

Learn the Truth About Splenda

Think its safe? Think again.

If you are like most Americans, then you're addicted to sugar. its in your coffee in the morning and in those doughnuts and breakfast cereals you consume with that coffee. It's in your packaged foods from salad dressing to pasta sauce and it's in that soda that you guzzle down with every meal.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've also noticed that America now suffers from an obesity epidemic, diabetes is on the rise as is heart disease. In an effort to try to cut back the sugar habit, perhaps you've switched to an artificial sweetener called Splenda. Splenda, also known as sucralose, is six hundred times sweeter than sugar with no calories and no carbohydrates. Sweet deal you think! Well think again.

Splenda is far from the safe and natural sweetener they claim it to be. To learn the truth about Splenda, read on..

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How is Splenda Made?

And what makes it so unsafe to consume?

The McNeil Nutritional Company, producers of Splenda, have gone to great lengths to suggest that Splenda is natural and safe because it is made from sugar. True it starts with sugar, but, after the sugar has been treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chloride, thionyl chloride, and methanol, in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, it is anything but a sugar molecule. In the end, a chlorinated hydrocarbon molecule results.

Nowhere in nature is there any form of sugar that remotely resembles the resulting chlorinated hydrocarbon known as sucralose aka Splenda. All natural disaccharides or sugars contain two sugar units, one being glucose. Since sucralose has no glucose unit, your body does not have the enzymes to break it down and digest it.

So Sucralose Is Unnatural, But Is It Also Unsafe?

According to Splenda.com, we shouldn’t worry about the chlorine in sucralose, as it is a safe and natural part of our food supply, found in table salt, mushrooms and lettuce for example.

The truth is there is no chlorine found in any food or in table salt. There is chloride however. Chlorine is a highly reactive element which does not exist by itself in nature but only in combination with other elements in the form of chloride.

The manufacturing of Splenda involves the artificial replacement of hydrogen atoms in sugar with chlorine atoms and forces the chlorine atoms to form a covalent bond with carbon. Molecules which contain bonds between chlorine and carbons are called chlorocarbons or organochlorines.

Organochlorides are harmful to life and are a group mainly used as pesticides such as DDT. In addition, they are fat soluble and tend to accumulate in organ tissues that are high in fat, such as your brain. And even worse – they are permanently stored there. In order to disassociate itself from the organochlorine group of chemicals, McNeil Nutritionals has conveniently created their own chemical name for sucralose. Their literature states that it is a chloro-carbohydrate. No matter what it is called, the simple fact remains that it is indeed an organochlorine.

But Wait, There's More!

Sucralose breaks down into other products when ingested. These products include 1,6 dichloro, 1,6-dideoxyfructose, 4-chloro-4-deoxygalactose. It also has the potential to break down into the highly toxic chlorosugar 6-GC. These products cause liver toxicity, depletion of your body’s ability to detoxify, mutagenic activity, binding to the DNA in your liver and small intestine, enlarged livers, low birth weight, maternal and fetal toxicity.

The History Of Splenda

Sucralose (like most artificial sweeteners) was actually discovered by accident. In 1975, an Indian graduate student by the name of Shashikat Phadnis was working in the chemistry department of Queen Elizabeth College in London trying to create new INSECTICIDES. The particular experiment he and his advisor were working on involved taking sulfurl chloride - a highly poisonous chemical - and adding it drop by drop to a sugar solution.

At one point in the procedure, Phadnis's advisor, Leslie Hough, asked him to test the powder. Phadnis misunderstood her and thought she was telling him to taste it. He told her that it tasted sweet.

After a while, Hough and Phadnis teamed up with a British sugar company called Tate & Lyle to experiment with hundreds of chlorinated sugars before they finally selected one. Substituting three chlorine ions for three hydroxyl groups on a sugar molecule resulted in the artificial chemical - 1,6-dichloro-1,6-didoxey-beta-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranoside - renamed sucralose to make it sound more natural.

In 1980 the rights of sucralose were sold to Johnson and Johnson who then created McNeil Nutritionals to be solely responsible for the marketing of Splenda. In 2004, McNeil Nutritionals and Tate & Lyle restructures their alliance so that McNeil is responsible for marketing the product and Tate & Lyle is responsible for manufacturing the product.

In 1989 sucralose was approved for use in the United States and Diet R.C. Cola was the first product to contain it. The initial approval was for use in 15 food and beverage categories, the broadest initial approval ever granted by the FDA for any food additive. The FDA required no warnings or informational labels on products containing sucralose. Sixteen months later, the FDA approved sucralose as a general-purpose sweetener. Instead of conducting independent human studies, sucralose was given unlimited access.

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Do You Suffer From Side Effects Associated With Splenda?

The Splenda.com website states that "there are no known side effects" and "No toxicity" associated with sucralose use. However, there have been hundreds of testimonials from people using the product identifying the following side effects - skin rashes, shortness of breath, headaches, swelling of the eyes and face, bloating, gas, constipation, nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, chest pains, palpitations, joint pains, seizures, anxiety, panic, insomnia, depression, numbness, night sweats and bleeding without clotting.

Sometimes people experience symptoms like those mentioned above and do not connect it with the use of an artificial sweetener - sucralose or aspartame. If you have any symptoms and consume artificial sweeteners, try to eliminate them from your diet for a week or more to see if the sweetener is the cause. And, it you know you have symptoms from a sweetener, you can go to SweetDeception.com/Report and find out how to report your symptoms to the FDA.

As an educated consumer you simply cannot take everything you are told at face value - not from manufacturers, not from the FDA, and not even from physicians. Ask questions. The more answers you know, the more empowered you will be to make the right choice for you.

Photo is an actual splenda related side effect. Taken from:http://www.mercola.com/imageserver/public/2004/mar/31/splenda_reaction01a.jpg

It's Time To Make a Change - Live longer, live better.

Grocery store shelves are overrun with nutritionally depleted foods that are destroying your health. Refined foods are stripped of naturally occurring oils, fibers, vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients during the manufacturing process. Tons of chemical compounds are added to the food supply to enhance flavor, reduce calories, alter consistency or preserve freshness. Become informed about this, about what you are eating and make a change. I have read and fully recommend all of the books presented here.

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The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health
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Splenda "No Calorie Sweetener" is a LIE

Deception for Diabetics

Splenda, like all artificial sweeteners is mixed with bulking agents. What the unsuspecting public does not realize is that these bulking agents are other forms of SUGAR.

Dextrose and maltodextrin are both forms of corn sugar and corn sugar, mostly in the form of high fructose corn syrup has played a role in the obesity epidemic. Chronically elevated blood sugars can lead to obesity and diabetes.

99% of Splenda no calorie sweetener is sugar. It is only 1% surcalose.

Food labeling laws legally allow them to describe their product as sugar free if the serving size is .5 grams of sugar and "calorie free" if the serving size is less than 5 calories. (This is why the serving size on a bag of splenda is minuscule (1 tsp) for the granular and 1 gram for the packets.)

The reseach shows that sucralose does not raise blood sugar levels and is therefore "safe" for diabetics. There is NO research studies to show that the mixture of sucralose and corn sugars does not raise blood sugars.

Dr. Richard Bernstein, a diabetologist with over twenty-three years of experiences has this to say:

"When artificial sweeteners are sold in powdered form, under such names as Sweet'n Low, Equal, The Sweet One, Sunett, Sugar Twin, Splenda No Calorie Sweetener and others, these products usually contain sugar (maltodextrin/dextrose) in increase bulk, and will rapidly raise blood sugar."

The carbohydrate count in Splenda No Calorie Sweetener starts adding up in larger doses that are required for recipes. One cup would rapidly raise the blood sugars of a diabetic - all when he or she thinks its calorie and sugar free.

Photo from: http://www.stylishandtrendy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/obesity_buffets.jpg

Stevia - An All Natural Alternative

Stevia is an all natural sweetener made from the South American herb by the name of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. It is estimated to be two to three hundred times sweeter than sugar. If you have weight or blood sugar issues, stevia can be an acceptable alternative to other natural sweeteners. It has no calories and no effect on blood sugar levels. If you must use a sweetener, this is probably the safest as it is the least processed and has the highest density of sweetness per calorie of carbohydrate.

For centuries stevia has been used as a traditional remedy for diabetes and gum disease among the indigenous people of Paraguay and other South American countries. Japan has been using stevia as a sweetener for over thirty years in a number of different foods and beverages with not a single reported side effect. They even use it in their version of diet coke. Since the 1970s, the Japanese have conducted extensive studies on it and have found it to be absolutely safe. Dr. Daniel Mowrey who holds a doctorate in psychopharmacology and has studied stevia extensively, recently had this to say about its safety. " ..Few substances have ever yielded such consistently negative results in toxicity as stevia.."

Until recently, stevia was not approved for use as an actual sweetener in the United States even though every single toxicity test imaginable has been performed on it at one time or another with completely negative results. Stevia was basically blackballed by the FDA in order to protect the artificial sweetener companies.

You can now get stevia for use as a sweetener but be careful to check what it is mixed with as a bulking agent. As with Splenda, you may be consuming other forms of sugars or worse, other types of artificial sweeteners and not even be aware of it.

For more information on stevia check out the following site:

http://www.stevia.com/

Try Some Stevia - or use a natural caloric sweetner like raw honey or date sugar

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Wholesome Sweeteners, Organic Raw Honey, 16 Ounce, 3 Pack
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Raw honey has a number of health benefits: it kills harmful bacteria in your bowels and mouth and may promote the growth of good bacteria. It is also effective for treating coughs, bruns and abrasions. BUT BEWARE: 3/4 of the honey sold in America is bakers honey which is made by force feeding bees into overproduction. The resulting honey is mostly just high fructose corn syrup. ONLY RAW honey should be used. Organic also means it is harvested without the use of toxic chemicals widely used in conventional bee keeping.

 

I hope you learned something valuable and I hope you will do what it takes to eat healthy and get healthy!

Comments On Splenda? - I would love to hear from you

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      Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      I wouldn't touch that nasty stuff. Excellent information here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I don't know what it is but splenda always without fail makes my blood sugar spike terribly to the point that I get sick :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a friend who took a product called visalus or vi. it has non-estrogenic and gmo free soy and sucralose, which they claim doesn't do anything harmful. Her glucose levels went over 200 in 2 months . Is now off of it however having a hard time bringing glucose levels down. she believes it gave her diabetes.

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      HolisticHealthC 4 years ago

      Great lens! People these days are obsessed with using artificial sweeteners. The FDA manufactures the illusion of a safe no calorie sweetener for an obese, diet obsessed population. The independent tests that confirm these toxic chemicals are harmful to our health are withheld from us and are even destroyed. This is for the sake of profit and greed. Causing obesity and diabetes then cashing in on it with medications is a very lucrative industry in America.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the article. This information is much needed for the masses. Many people right now are aligning themselves with a company that includes sucralose in their shakes but claims the amount is SO minute...ok, healthy shake plus insecticide...yummy! Mad science sounds a bit like something a Hitler mindset would do...poison them slowly over time and sell it as healthy. Dr Mercola has a laundry list of products with it in it on his website. Sad though that this company is making all these people joining money and cars while slowly poisoning them and their "science team" says it's okay, the FDA approved it and said it's healthy. People if you have problems or know someone after using Splenda, let your Dr know, call or write the FDA and go to the PA BBB and make a complaint against the company. Write or call your state reps, if more complaints happen one can only hope it would get pulled but more likely others will become aware.

      Other sugar alternatives: I've used Stevia personally in liquid form by NOW and KAL brands bc of no aftertaste. Powders...avoid Truvia or anything else with rebiana in it. Lab tests are unfavorable. Cid Botanicals makes a pure stevia in packet form and try Susta or instead or I recently found Just Like Sugar may/may not be sold locally but you can order online. Be Healthy and Spread the word about Splena/sucralose you don't know who may be suffering unknowingly. I read recently that someone used it on an anthill and all the ants died. Definitely do not let your kids ingest it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sucralose never fails to give me diarrhea. I always got sick after eating particular sweets, and I could never put my finger on what it was until I realized it was things made with Splenda.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sucralose never fails to give me diarrhea. I always got sick after eating particular sweets, and I could never put my finger on what it was until I realized it was things made with Splenda.

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      4liberator 5 years ago

      hmm you have me thinking now. I almost always asked for 1 pack of Splenda in my morning coffee from McDonald's.

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      This is interesting. Is it true? Splenda isn't a good option at all? My mom is a diabetic and she uses this Splenda... This is not a good news for her :-(

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      emilienathonson 5 years ago

      great lens, definitely going to cut down on myuse of sweetners....

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I refuse to believe that an artificial sweetener, like Splenda, is better for me than a natural product, like raw cane sugar. Sugar isn't the problem, the amount of it that we it is. I have cut back significantly. The biggest change is my 'no sugar at breakfast!' rule. If I don't eat sugar first thing, I have no carb or sugar cravings all day and I'm satisfied with fruit if want something sweet.

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      GenevaAnn 6 years ago

      love your information!! i write similar stuff on my hatred of artificial sweeteners but looking at yours, i have a lot of room for improvement! i am new to squidoo so thanks for the inspiration!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Super lens. It's time more people learned the truth about things like this!

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I gave you a thumbs up, and hope that you continue to build lenses. I just made one Migraine Headaches that might interest you. Leave me a comment if you surf on by....

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      I was beginning to realize it probably wasn't as good as they claimed and had cut Splenda out of my diet. I'm so glad I did! This is terrible! So far I have not been able to develop a taste for Stevia, but I will keep trying. In the meanwhile, I have discovered coconut sugar. It has calories, but it is supposed to be lower on the Glucemic Index than sugar is and so far my diabetes is doing better, so I am hopeful that I will be able to continue using it. Coconut sugar is also more nutritious than regular table sugar. Great lens you have here. I'm glad you are helping get the word out about the dangers of Splenda. Blessed by an Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have had issues with Splenda. at first I thought it was rather odd that every time I had certain diet sodas I would get this feeling as though I was high. it literally felt like I had several shots of Vodka. I would break out in sweats my vision would narrow and darken. I lost the ability to concentrate and form coherent thoughts.

      Before I made the connection of Sucralose to this feeling I had drank 2 diet Sodas with Sucralose in it and almost passed out. My vision narrowed to such a degree that it was as if I was looking out of a tunnel. I could not breath well and I felt like I had a fever. It felt on par with alcahol poisoning. I have stopped ingesting anything with sucralose and I have not had an episode since.

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      I have not had problems with Splenda, but I did have a lot of problems with aspartame. Several years ago, I thought I was having early onset alzheimer's (in my 20s... we're talking really early onset). It was really distressing. While doing web searches, I discovered that some people had trouble with memory loss and aspartame. I did an experiment and my memory improved.

      I prefer the sugar now.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi! Lotus Yoga! Great Lens. This is a much needed warning especially to parents of children. You are for sure a ****5Star lens. SUPER JOB! take care Robert

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      @anonymous: I honestly don't know when more products will come out with stevia, I think more are out now already as I see more ads for it and all, I know I have seen beverages made with it. I eat very few sweetened things myself and will just select agave nectar or honey sweetened when I do get sweet things (sometimes just sugar too though I know its quite unhealthy as well). I eat plain goat yogurt and put tons of fresh fruit and nuts in it for breakfast sometimes. You could try plain yogurt and add honey maybe and fruit rather than the yogurt with splenda? I am glad you have no side effects with splenda, but I honestly believe it is not a good thing to consume.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I get serious Migraines with Nutra Sweet (Aspartane) So when splenda came out only certain products used it Lucerne Yogurt is made with it and I have been eating 1 or 2- 6 oz.containers daily, no noticeable side effects. When will more products start using the Stevia plant? In the near futurre or even now. please post

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you so much for writing this article on Splenda. Diabetes seems to be a disease that plagues my family. I will make sure to send them to your lens to read up on what they are now presently thinking is safe... Splenda. Thanks again. 5*s and fav.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      @WindyWintersHubs: wow, I am so glad you figured out that Splenda was the cause of your palaptations and could fix the problem, I wish more people knew how harmful it really is.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Lens. 5* Yes, Splenda is dangerous and is in too many diet and calorie-reduced foods. I had to go through a long list of tests to find out what was causing my palpitations. Thanks for sharing this valuable info on Splenda! :)

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good to know. I hardly ever use artificial sweetener, but I do drink it sometimes in iced tea (it's already in the bottle), and I believe it's in Diet Coke, which I have from time to time. Thanks for the information. Squid Angel blessed!

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      Lloyd Pinto 7 years ago from Mumbai

      You have me really scared here. But very well presented thoughts here! Rated and faved!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i'm in favor of sugars as natural as they come in moderation - and stevia.

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      roysumit 7 years ago

      How come FDA have been so callous in granting it's approval? Such unholy nexus among the govt. authorities and manufacturers! Who will bell the cat?

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      Eliza Rayner 8 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      the main source for all of the information (which I mentioned above) is Dr. Mercolas book Sweet Deception. you can check out the book by following the links to is above.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Where are the sources for this information?

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      Demaw 8 years ago

      I remember it became popular as the sweetener of choice for the Atkins diet. Very well written. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Shortly after this product first came out,I heard of possible health issues.Amazing how things get swept aside & manufactures are still feeding us there garbage.

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      Eliza Rayner 8 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      [in reply to aj2008] Im so glad you found the lens and so glad you threw away your splenda! The stuff is nasty..so are all of the other artificial sweeteners.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      OMG (that's Oh My Gosh)!!! I am about to throw away my Splenda - I had never heard of this! Thank you for sharing and Blessings from a grateful SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've never used artificial sweeteners because I think they taste disgusting, and I don't know how other people use them; they must ignore the bitter aftertaste. Recently, I started using all natural Agave sweetener. It's supposed to have a low glycemic index and it tastes good. I started using it in my coffee instead of sugar. You are supposed to be able to use it in baking, as well, although I have yet to try it. It's not easy to find although some health and specialty stores have it. I found some at Trader Joe's.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If you agree that Splenda Kills, then write to:

      Center for Science in the Public Interest

      1875 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

      Suite 300

      Washington, D.C. 20009

      cspi@cspinet.org

      And ask them to re-evaluate their position of the safety of Splenda (sucralose)

      http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.cspinet.or... sucralose&hl=en&start=10&sa=N

      Thank You, Bobby

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nobody really knows if Splenda kills or not. As far as I am concerned, it does!

      http://twitter.com/bobby0512

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Excellent lens and information. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      JLCollins 8 years ago

      Interesting information. Knowledge is power if we use it. We use almost no sweeteners and really try to avoid anything artificial in our food. Great research!

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      I have never used any artificial sweetener, and never will. As a matter of fact, I do my best to stay away from anything with artificial ingredients, but I do have a weakness for Dr. Pepper. I've heard a lot of good news about Stevia, I just can't afford it yet. But one day...

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      ss834 lm 8 years ago

      You've done some great research. I love love love Dr. Mercola's work, too. Nice lens-- I give it 5 stars.

      It would be great if people could just cut out the sweeteners altogether. It only takes a few days of abstinence to realise that that stuff really does NOT taste good at all.

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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      Betcha a hundred bucks that sugar and aspartame kill much more people.