There have been no studies determining the long-term effects of substance X on humans.
Substance X has a molecular makeup closer to pesticide than the substance it aims to replace.
High doses of substance X have produced shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers, and kidney disorders in animal test subjects.
The longest and most in-depth study of subjects ingesting substance X used 128 people and lasted for a period of 3 months. There is no knowledge on what happens to individuals who consume substance X for multiple years.
So what exactly is substance X? Substance X is something you are very likely to come into contact with. It is something you are even more likely to come into contact with when you are trying to be healthy. For those of you on diets, I’d be willing to bet you consume several times more of substance X than the non-dieting, fast food-eating, typical American. Substance X is the little chemical that is added to various foods to replace sugar; Splenda.
After the negative affects of aspartame and saccharin were demonstrated in humans, manufacturer’s made the gradual switch to using Splenda to sweeten their products while eliminating the calories that come from pure sugar. Unfortunately for us, there has been no significant testing on this new product. So many people on diets guzzle down diet Coke and other products with artificial sweeteners because they are trying to save on calories.
What’s going to happen to these people ten years down the road after all this Splenda consumption? Answer is, we just don’t know. Now, ask yourself, given the facts listed above about Splenda, would you willingly consume another product with so many health question marks?
Despite all the question marks, there is one thing we are certain about: some of the chemicals that make up artificial sweeteners are known hazards to humans. The degree to which a person may experience side effects due to these hazards depends largely on your biochemistry. The manufacturer’s of these sweeteners are relying on the hope that we won’t be absorbing large quantities of these chemicals regularly. This is their plan for “ethically” selling a product shown to cause health detriments in animal test subjects. But what happens to the person who has a can of diet coke a day, along with all the other “low-sugar” and “sugar-free” products out there geared towards those on diets? The answer is, we just don’t know.
Leading a healthy lifestyle and diet doesn’t involve ingesting chemicals to replace natural compounds. Sure, sugar has a lot of health consequences of its own, but replacing it with a pesticide-like compound isn’t the answer. The answer is balancing your diet accordingly and learning to simply avoid the bad stuff for the most part. If you are struggling with sugar cravings, try keeping a bowl of fruit around to help you curb those sensations.
Striving to eat non-processed, natural (vague word, I admit), and wholesome foods is the key to a long and happy life. As humans, we are programmed to receive satisfaction from sugar. We need to develop a little mental discipline when it comes to not overdoing it. Don’t lull yourself into the false sense of security that just because you are substituting sugar with Splenda everything will be nice and peachy. Eat well to live well, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that consuming artificial chemicals isn’t eating well. Make the right decision when it comes to your diet, not the easy decision.
For a list of some of the 4,500 food and beverage products containing Splenda, take a look here.