Friday, January 4, 2008

from organic consumer news

A federal court has rejected a request for summary judgment in a lawsuit launched by the Sugar Association against Splenda. The plaintiff alleges Splenda, a Johnson & Johnson company, is falsely advertising to consumers with its marketing slogan "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar". Splenda is the synthetic compound sucralose, discovered in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. The artificial sweetener is made by replacing hydroxyl groups in the sugar molecule with chlorine. There are no long-term studies of the side effects of Splenda in humans. The manufacturer's own short-term studies showed that sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands and enlarged livers and kidneys in rodents. But in this case, the FDA decided that because these studies weren't based on human test animals, they were not conclusive. As a result, Splenda is now one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in low calorie processed foods.Learn more:


Jen-Jen said...

Ick. Chlorine is nasty stuff, and we get plenty of it from our water as it is (ours here smells like swimming pool water). Did you know also that Prozac, and a lot of related drugs, have fluoride in them? And fluoride displaces iodine, which is necessary for a functioning thyroid? So Prozac actually probably causes more depression than it helps? Bleah!

Jen-Jen said...

Chlorine also displaces iodine, as does bromide (which is added to bleached white flour as a nutrient booster or some such crap).