Friday, October 28, 2005

Splenda Putting The ‘Die’ In Diets?

MC KINNEY, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some dieters think the artificial sweetener known as “Splenda” is splendid but a toxicologist in McKinney, Texas, worries it may be putting the “die” in the word “diet.”

Dr. Janet Hull says it’s too soon to know the long-term results for Splenda – which is also known as “sucralose” – but there’s enough evidence to suggest it is dangerous to the body.

Hull says the research documents numerous negative effects the sweetener has had on the spleens, livers and kidneys on all sorts of lab animals.

For instance, male rats who’ve been fed relatively low doses of Splenda suffered numbness in their hind legs and infertility while pregnant female rats suffered tummy trouble.

Splenda was designed to replace NutraSweet – which Hull claims has been linked with thyroid problems, autism and deafness – but she says it’s not any better.

In fact, it may be linked with a whole slough of “unexplained disease symptoms” that are puzzling U.S. doctors.

There is some good news. Hull claims saccharin, which people once thought caused cancer, is “perfectly safe.”

Hull is the author of a new book, Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not? (Pickle Press).

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