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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 13, 2015 - 9:06am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

I’m asked all the time is, “What is the best sugar substitute?” Many people do not understand the unique features of the available no-calorie sweeteners, I like to refer them to my blog, “Sucralose, Stevia, Aspartame, What’s the Difference?” to find the information needed to compare them.

Maybe you’ve heard stevia is a healthier sugar substitute than sucralose, the sweetener in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, because it is a “natural” sweetener compared to sucralose. I covered that question in a previous blog, “What Does Natural Mean?” There is also no official definition for the term “natural” for ingredients used in prepared foods. If you really want to compare stevia vs sucralose, here are the facts you need to see how they stack up.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:33pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Fact or fiction? True or false? Myth or reality? Real or make believe? However you want to say it, there are solid, scientifically proven facts about the safety of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) available to the inquiring public and to health professionals who choose to read and understand these facts. Unfortunately, due to proliferation of misinformation on the Internet, there also is an abundance of fiction that is not substantiated.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:35am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

There are people who say they crave sweets. It’s possible they have a higher tolerance for the taste of sweet foods than the rest of us, or they may have learned to associate sweet tastes with other positive feelings. Either way, it is an individual response. One question I am often asked about sweet cravings is whether the use of low calorie sweeteners, like those found in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, can trigger such cravings. I’ve explained why that is not the case in a previous blog, but new research provides further evidence that low-calorie sweeteners do not overstimulate the taste receptors in the mouth to make us want more sweets.

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:13pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

What exactly does “natural” mean when we see it on a food label? The dictionary says it means “existing in nature” or “not man-made,” but I see it printed across brightly colored boxes, bags and cans of food in the middle of the store containing products that you’ll never see “growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hands,” which is another definition of natural!

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 9:08pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

It’s easy to start believing something if we hear it over and over again. That’s why advertisers use jingles that get stuck in our heads so we’ll remember their brands, and why gossip is shared as the truth after seeing it on Twitter 10 times.

Believing there is a connection between no calorie sweeteners (like sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners), and increased appetite is another example of the power of repetition. You may have heard that claim several times, but is it really true? There’s some new research about regular users of low calorie sweeteners that should help change your mind on the subject for good! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:51pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

We have learned much more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes in the past 200 years, but its connection to sugar remains strong. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, I’d like to share the results of some new research on the role of sugar and artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) in diabetes, to bring you up to date.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:05am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

In my 30+ years providing nutrition therapy to individuals and families, one of the most frequently asked questions I got from pregnant women – and they asked a lot of questions – was if it was safe to use low calorie sweeteners while pregnant. Many of them learned the calorie-saving advantages of drinking diet soda in their teens and developed the habit of sweetening their coffee with a no-cal sweetener packet, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, while in college. They wanted to continue these simple and satisfying weight control strategies during their pregnancy, but needed reassurance.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:04am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Have you been quenching your sweet tooth with baked goods made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener? You’re not alone. Part of the popularity of SPLENDA® Sweeteners is due to their versatility, especially in baking. SPLENDA® Sweeteners can be used just about anywhere sugar is used in baking and cooking. But, are you now waving your caution flag due to some internet chat or news articles that you may have seen that raises questions about the safety of sucralose, the no calorie sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA®? First and foremost, let’s allay any concerns you have about cooking and baking with sucralose, based on a quick review of the science.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:24am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, take a look at the successful people in the National Weight Control Registry for inspiration. They have all lost weight and kept it off – and for most of them, for more than five years! What you’ll see is it takes more than a diet, and that the use of low-calorie sweeteners, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, can be a helpful part of your new healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:42pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The theme for many of our current eating trends is, “You are what you don’t eat.” This includes many fads, such as detox cleanses, not eating anything that cavemen didn’t eat and going gluten free, lactose free or GMO-free. What people may not realize when they adopt one of these fads is that there are sometimes unintended consequences. For example, eliminating some types of foods from the diet can also result in eliminating certain valuable nutrients that the body needs; or the omitted foods might be replaced with ones that are no better, or even worse.