Wondering About Splenda?

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Just because it’s on the shelf does not mean it’s been studied or should be presumed to be non-toxic. We know that sugar is toxic, but what about the popular sugar alternative, Splenda? Turns out it was FDA approved based on 110 studies, two of which were in humans, with one of those two only spanning four days and being run by the manufacturer. When we don’t objectively assess safety (including placebo-controlled, medium, and long-term trials), consumers become the subjects. Here are the results of a recent report condemning this toxin:

  • When heated, it is not inert (as claimed), but produces chloropropanols, in the dioxin cancer-causing, Agent Orange ingredient, class
  • It destroys beneficial gut bacteria
  • It alters glucose, insulin, and glucagon-like peptide secretion and balance, rendering it destabilizing to blood sugar and obesogenic

Stick with nature (honey, maple syrup) when it comes to sweeteners, if you must use them. Remember that we are not built to withstand the 133 lbs of sugar we take in each year, and using chemical concoctions as replacements will not work.

Read the study yourself and learn about Splenda toxicity.

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KELLY BROGAN, MD, is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your OwnOwn Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Learn More