Archive for the ‘Just Say No’ Category

Dear KMart:

I speak for millions…no…billions of Americans:

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no_splenda-sweetnerSay that to the tune of “American Pie” (you’ll have that song in your head for a LONG time!)

In my ongoing quest to clean up my plate and refrain from a meaningless life lived in The Land of Disgustedness (watch this, or just read the ingredients list of that cookie you’re about to stuff in your mouth), I finally gave up Splenda.

It’s not advertised as such, but in case you were of the thought Splenda was a natural artificial sweetener, um….no. Duke University published an article in 2008 on Splenda after a 12 week study on how it affected rats. The report says after 12 the twelve weeks, “half the animals from each treatment group were sacrificed to determine the intestinal expression” of a really long list of chemical items I don’t really want to know about. In summary, half the rats were killed so the research team could see how their intestines fared.

Lots of side effects were noted, a reduction in the good bacteria in the colon were discovered. Also, certain levels of P-gp, and CYP3A4, and CYP2D1 were enhanced (the more enhanced the number, the less the colon can break down oral drugs). In English? Splenda destroyed “good bacteria” and affected how prescription drugs are absorbed.

Splenda is made from sucralose, which is manufactured as a synthetic compound (and not approved for use in most European countries). Sure, its humble beginnings were somewhat derived from sugar, but our over-processed manufacturing techniques make the sugar disappear and what’s left behind are chlorinated atoms (um…Clorox?). Also, just in case you were wondering: sucralose grows NO-where on earth. Neither does ant killer (spray that on your oats).

So on the suggestion of multiple peoples (both medical and other places), I’ve made the switch to Truvia. At least until I finish the great dig on what that’s made out of.