A Watchdog Group Says Splenda Is No Longer On the 'Safe' List
At first blush, this headline would give a sucralose junkie like me great cause for alarm. I typically put four or five in my coffee -- several cups a day -- and use it more moderately in iced tea and on oatmeal and other foods. But then when you read the full article, you realize the Center for Science in the Public Interest says you're pretty much doomed by EVERYTHING you eat and drink -- and they even admit that the negative findings against sucralose (sold as Splenda) have not been peer-reviewed, published or replicated in humans. And that they aren't really sure those rats that got cancer "from" saccharin (Sweet 'N Low) and aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) wouldn't have gotten it anyway ... because they're OLD.
The best part is that sucralose has added to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's "caution" list -- along with saccharin, aspartame and acesulfame potassium (Sunett and Sweet One) -- but then they turn around and recommend DIET sodas over sugar-sweetened ones(!) because regular soda "poses the greater and demonstrable risks of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, gout, tooth decay, and other health problems." They also suggest drinking unsweetened iced tea, but then fail to mention that they put caffeine on the same "caution" list because it "keeps many people from sleeping, causes jitteriness, and affects calcium metabolism."
So once I calmed down from the headline, I reverted to my usual way of thinking about "healthy" eating habits. I'd rather not be fat -- or get diabetes -- and famed vegetarian Linda McCartney died of cancer at 56.