A recent study indicates that Splenda should not be used as an artificial sweetener.
The results of the report conducted by the Duke University Medical Center indicates that Splenda pose a threat to the people who consume the product, reducing the body’s ability to absorb beneficial drugs and nutrients.
The study shows Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50%, increasing pH levels, and contributing to increase in body weight.
After the alarming results, the national consumer education group Citizens for Health is requiring a warning label on Splenda packaging, cautioning people to avoid the product.
Alternate sweeteners are better and safer and may make a drastic change in the market. Stevia is a natural sweetener used as a dietary supplement only, not as a food additive. Reason for the ban? The FDA requires proof of safety before recognizing a food additive as safe.
So, it is legal to sell an artificial product proved to be harmful to the human body. However, it is illegal to sell a natural product which has yet to prove it may be dangerous??? Go figure.
More negative news about artificial sweeteners may speed up the approval of Stevia by the FDA. Major companies such as Coca Cola and Cargill (one of the world’s largest providers of food and agricultural products) have worked together for years to develop a Stevia-based sweetener for use as an additive in foods and beverages.
Customers can only avoid Splenda at this time and buy Stevia in health food stores. No updates or developments have been made by the FDA, and we wonder why a natural sweetener widely use in many different countries does not get a green light in the United States?
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