This is an interesting article that points out some facts and unanswered questions about the safety of Splenda, an artificial sweetener that has been gaining in popularity since 2000.
I was suspicious of the stuff instantly – if for no other reason than it seemed to be too good to be true.
When that happens, usually it’s a case of marketing hype, and often there are many undiscovered skeletons in its proverbial closet.
I think the biggest concern is the lack of independent testing. Not that the “recommended dose” wouldn’t also be a concern. It’s not like the U.S. is a nation of sweet tooths, or anything. Oy.
The safest non-sugar sweetener is Stevia — which is a simple berry that grows in the Amazon — it has no calories and is much sweeter than sugar, doesn’t cause tooth-decay, is totally safe, and also makes the body alkaline (prevents disease) — you can get it in any health food store. It’s the only sugar substitute I trust. Tastes better than saccharine too.
I avoid Splenda. First it has an aftertaste. It has a chemical taste and it is not a real sugar. I have been researching Xylitol which helps prevent tooth decay, no chemical or after taste. It is a sugar (from birch trees) with fewer calories than sucrose and is beneficial for diabetics.
I have tasted Stevia but not tried it yet. On first try it is MUCH too sweet and I have a friend who is diabetic and was told that Stevia was a good replacement. NOT!!! Her sugar shot way up.