Friday, September 16, 2011

Throw Away Your Splenda/Sucralose!

Don't be this guy D:

If ever you had any doubts about whether or not Splenda (aka: Sucralose) is bad for your health... you won't have any doubts now.

Or, at least, I hope you won't.

I read a blog post over at Good Works Wellness, and it just further solidifies the evilness of Splenda/Sucralose, and why I never use it.

Unfortunately, my parents still use the stuff, but I'm hoping that after I regurgitate some of this information to them, they'll stop and join me in using Stevia, Erythritol, and Truvia (which is a blend of the previous two).

Here's some of what I read:
I'm often asked which artificial sweeteners I prefer. The answer, quite simply, is none of them because most create a wide variety of negative side effects. The newest, Splenda (Sucralose), has its own dangerous history and set of dangerous consequences. The chemical name is Sucralose, which is marketed as Splenda. I use both names in this post. Let's look at some surprising facts about Sucralose:

History & Testing: Sucralose was discovered by a grad student in London in 1976 while working on a study focused on creasing new INSECTICIDES. That's right. Splenda was "accidentally" discovered as part of a research study focused on creating new insecticides. (On a side note, DDT, a poison now banned, has a very similar chemical structure to Sucralose. Doesn't that sound delicious?) McNeil Nutritionals, the manufacturer of Splenda, claims that 100s of studies were done on Splenda. The truth is that most of those studies were designed and paid for by McNeil (which puts their validity in question) and that almost all the studies were performed on animals, were very short term, and did not test safety but instead tested secondary effects such as tooth decay. The truth is that only six human studies were conducted, the longest of which was three months. (Most people use Splenda far longer.) 

NO studies have been conducted on children or pregnant women, in spite of the fact that studies performed on rats showed the offspring of pregnant females fed Splenda had decreased intelligence, smaller sexual organs, failed to thrive and had a variety of behavioral problems. Independent human studies showed Splenda impaired liver function, caused enlarged kidneys and liver, decreased the number of red blood cells in the blood (caused anemia), impaired absorption of essential minerals such as magnesium and potassium, and caused significant shrinkage of the Thymus gland, one of the most important glands involved in immunity. Splenda has also been strongly linked to psychological problems including dementia, severe depression and sleep disorders. Splenda has also been linked to increased rates of autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Diabetes and others. The most common side effect of Splenda is digestive disturbances such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Increased cataract rates were also noted. The biggest insult is that use of Splenda has been linked to ... you guessed it ... weight gain. An independent study performed at Duke University and published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health confirmed that use of Splenda causes weight gain and multiple digestive disorders, some with symptoms as severe as Crohn's Disease. If you haven't thrown away your box of Splenda yet, please read on.
(Continue reading at Good Works Wellness...)

Monday, September 05, 2011

Gotta Love Those Upward Spirals

It's all upwards from here, baby.

Yay, I reached my goal last week of 235, and things are only getting better! Well, with my nutrition and fitness things are great. HOWEVER... still gotta work on the sleeping. It's 5:33AM at the moment, and I still haven't slept yet. Not sure why I'm suffering from such strong insomnia lately, but I hope it goes away soon! I'll have to really examine the cause. Hmm...

But yes! You gotta love upward spirals. :) They just keep going, and going, and going...

Hope to reach my goal of 230 by the end of this week! And hopefully I'll try out a new recipe to post. The last recipe I tried from someone else's recipe was a mock sugar-free pay-day candy, but it only turned out so-so. The last recipe I made from my own wacky trials was a sort of sugar-free ice cream/frozen yogurt treat. It was... kinda gross. It was yummy in theory... and kinda icky in application.

Well, 'til next time~

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