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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.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 2:07pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Many people I know are following some weight loss regimen, which is not surprising considering that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight. And for many dieters and weight-conscious consumers, outlandish tips about reaching a healthier weight are as close as their next Google search. Myths about the best way to lose weight thrive, in part due to mythology that is circulated on the Internet where misinformation lives forever. Some of the misinformation that I hear repeated by friends is tied in some way to the following five myths, including one about the safety of SPLENDA® Brand Sucralose.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:40pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

I have used a number of different no and low calorie sweeteners in my life, and continue to use them, and have never experienced anything close to a craving when eating a food or drink containing them. My experience is confirmed by studies that show people did not report increased appetite when given food and beverages sweetened with sugar substitutes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 11:00am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Good question! First, you likely want to make sure sugar substitutes are safe to use. Second, you want to know how sugar substitutes and foods they’re in may affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. Let’s get right to the answers.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:12pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

As a food and nutrition expert, one of the questions I’m asked more than any other is, “How do you know low-calorie sweeteners are safe?” Since I’m a regular user of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other low-calorie sweeteners, the answer to that question is as important to me as it is to my family, friends and clients. 

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:12pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

As a fan of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in packets and easy-to-measure SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated for use in food preparation at home, it came to my attention that some SPLENDA® Sweetener consumers may wonder why the products contain other ingredients in addition to sucralose - specifically, dextrose and/or maltodextrin. Inquiring minds always want to know!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:14pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Chlorine is used in a process that modifies sucrose (table sugar) to result in the exceptionally stable no-calorie sweetener called sucralose. The chlorine atoms in sucralose prevent it from being broken down in the body for energy, thus rendering it non-caloric. It also is not “stored” in the body.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Do you wonder how and why SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener can be nearly free of calories and carbohydrate, even though sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, starts from sugar and offers your taste buds a sweet treat? Read on to understand how and why.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:04am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

One Internet-driven myth that has been circulating recently is that sucralose causes cancer. SPLENDA® Brand Sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. In case you’ve read or heard this claim somewhere, I want to arm you with the facts, including links to experts that you can rely on for the scientific truth.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 2:05am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Due to some widespread rumors about sucralose "dangers" on the Internet, I’m often asked if sucralose is safe. These rumors are without scientific basis and remind me of that game of  "telephone" where a message is whispered from player to player, only to end up with the final message being totally wrong. For example, where did information about sucralose being linked to cancer come from? Certainly not from the prevailing scientific community.

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Fifteen years ago (1998), calorie-conscious consumers in the U.S. did not have the option of enjoying sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products) in prepared foods, beverages or as a no-calorie sweetener. No-calorie sweeteners were limited and not all had the ability to be used in cooking and baking without losing their sweet characteristics. But to the delight of calorie-counting consumers, in 1998, after extensive review of scientific research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of sucralose in a wide variety of products.