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Debunk the Junk Science

Debunk the Junk ScienceWith access to the Internet on our phones, tablets, and laptops, an answer to almost any question we can think of is just a click away. Yet, with all of this information at our finger tips, it can sometimes be even harder to separate myths from reality. SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is here to help by culling through the myths about SPLENDA® ingredients and bringing the science front and center to answer some of those burning questions. Is SPLENDA® safe? Is SPLENDA® bad for you? Are there sucralose side effects?

In fact, more than 100 studies support the safety of sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweeteners) and sucralose has been approved by global regulatory bodies (such as the FDA, Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority) in over 80 countries.

Debunk the Junk Science

Despite this overwhelming body of evidence, there is misinformation about SPLENDA® ingredients often attributed to research that uses unconventional or poorly designed methods, draws conclusions that don’t match the research question or are erroneously drawn. At the SPLENDA® Brand, we call this junk science.

Check out the posts below to learn the facts as dietitians and nutritionists debunk myths by referring to good science, which supports the safety of SPLENDA® Sweeteners.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:41pm  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

When talking about weight loss or causes of weight gain, everyone has an opinion about what’s effective and what’s not. But are those thoughtful tips based on science, or mere personal opinion? Let’s debunk some of the most popular weight loss myths, and address the use of SPLENDA® Sweeteners in weight management.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:01pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The low-calorie sweeteners we have today all come from different sources and different techniques are used to make them.

It’s important to remember that when you hear news about low-calorie sweeteners, they are often discussed as if they’re all the same. They’re not, and the differences can be significant. “Stevia vs Splenda”, “stevia vs aspartame”, “Splenda vs aspartame” – you’ve probably thought about these comparisons yourself. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:33pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Understanding the differences in the way research is done is the key to understanding why new studies occasionally come along that contradict the old. Unfortunately, nothing improves newspaper sales, TV ratings or website hits like a good headline, so these offbeat studies are often blown out of proportion by the media covering them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:32pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

When I was growing up I was told that if you swallowed a watermelon seed a watermelon could grow in your stomach. One way my friends and I made sure that didn’t happen was to eat our watermelon outside on summer afternoons so we could spit them out – providing us with a great excuse to have spitting contests with the seedssmiley. The myth of growing watermelons from swallowing seeds quickly faded when we realized we were swallowing cucumber seeds without becoming a garden bed for cucumbers. Not all food myths, however, go away so easily, especially when the topic has to do with safety.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:45am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

A new year is well under way and many of us are now trying to lose weight and form healthy weight loss diet plans. That being the case, it probably is time to revisit a few facts about the positive role SPLENDA® Sweeteners can have as part of a healthy weight management program. Here are key facts and some fictional statements that have been made on this very topic (we will discuss here some of the nonsense that floats around the Internet without substantiation).

Hopefully this information will serve as useful weight control information as you and your family strive to adapt healthier lifestyles this year and beyond. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 10:43am  |  POSTED BY: Keri Gans

Nutritionist Keri Gans has partnered with SPLENDA® Brand to shed light on common myths associated with sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products.

Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners are one of those food items that get an awfully bad rap without conclusive scientific evidence to back it up. I think too many opinions get woven into statements about them and, professionally speaking, I go where the hard facts take me. Lately, there has been a lot of hyped-up chatter in the media about sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, in regards to cancer and gut microflora.

So, here’s the real deal.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:39am  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

The topic of sugar substitutes and their function is one that has been discussed for decades by doctors, registered dietitians, scientists, researchers, and consumers. Yet, despite many empirically sound findings, still to this day, the use of sugar substitutes seems to be a concern in the minds of many people. There are a lot of opinions and theories out there, many of which we can explore and consider, however, on the whole, the sugar substitute category can be a tad-confusing. Having said that, I would like to explore a few theories where more knowledge might be most important for you to form an opinion, based on the science regarding sugar substitutes.

Let’s start by mentioning that sugar substitutes have been around since 1879 and are used all around the world. I still remember the first time I tasted a sugar substitute in a beverage –I was immediately captivated! As someone who appreciates and enjoys a sweet drink, it’s a relief to know that I can have a low calorie sweetened beverage without worrying about going over my daily calorie limit.

We have the opportunity to enjoy low-calorie sweeteners because food safety and health regulatory agencies have concluded that they are safe. This safety conclusion has also considered what I think are three of the most frequently asked questions about low-calorie sweetener safety, which I discuss below. I hope that after reading this information, it will help ease some of your own concerns. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 11:12am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

As a dietitian and diabetes educator who counsels people who want to lose weight (and keep it off), I often hear concerns about whether using so-called artificial sweeteners cause the side effect of weight gain. Understandably, there’s been plenty of media hype and headlines touting this notion.

Before delving into the research, let me briefly respond to this concern with an emphatic no! Here’s the bottom line: if you use low-calorie sweeteners, whether it’s SPLENDA® Sweetener Products or others, along with carefully counting your calories, selecting healthier foods, slowly changing your eating habits and exercising regularly, using artificial sweeteners can, especially for people with a sweet tooth, offer you an extra edge to lose weight and keep it off.

But, and this is an important but, artificial sweeteners are not a magic bullet for weight loss. You can’t have a large piece of sugar-sweetened cake along with a cup of coffee sweetened with low-calorie sweetener, or a diet beverage, and think your extra pounds will melt away. Not going to happen!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 2:11pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Having been involved with food and food science issues for decades, I frequently shake my head in disbelief when I come across opinionated individuals who think they know all about food. Thanks to the flood of information on the Internet, many individuals can come across as an “expert.” You probably know friends or family who think they have all of the facts and freely espouse their opinions about food issues when given the chance.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:46am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Every spring I look forward to seeing the first new leaf buds on the bare tree branches in my yard. They are a happy reminder that green leaves will soon provide shade from the summer sun and a sheltered place for birds to nest. The downside of this seasonal event is that I will have to rake the colorful remains of those leaves from my lawn in the fall, but that is the cycle of nature.

Another cycle I follow is the one that revolves around the question, “What is the best sugar substitute?” As predictable as the falling leaves, there are regular “debates” about aspartame or sucralose, stevia or sucralose, etc.

Since that question is surfacing again, I thought I’d correct some misinformation about sugar substitutes and put the facts in order – at least for another year!