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The human body can’t break it down, or use it in any way. And as it turns out, modern wastewater treatment methods don’t break down Splenda either.
Foodfacts.com has learned from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s newsletter that Smitha Ramakrishna, a finalist in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, found that the sweetener can accumulate in the water supply after people excrete it. This could potentially cause harm to fish and other living creatures.
Scientific American reports:
“She tried to start doing research at Arizona State University, though since she was the first high schooler her lab had ever had … Eventually she was allowed to subject sucralose to various treatments, like bacterial digestion, typically used in wastewater treatment plants.
She found that sucralose resisted most of these treatments … that means almost all the sucralose people eat or drink winds up in the ecosystem.”
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Splenda (aka sucralose) was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.
It’s become very popular over the last decade as it’s claimed your body does not metabolize it and therefore provides no calories.
As I detailed in my book Sweet Deception, researchers have found evidence that Splenda is absorbed by your fat, contrary to claims. This is not good as it will tend to accumulate in your body over time. Since it is chemically related to DDT and no study in the world has looked at toxicity over a few months, it might lead a prudent person to be more cautious with its use.
However, a significant amount is still excreted in your stool and this is what winds up in the water supply.
Is Excreted Splenda Accumulating in the Water Supply?
According to Splenda’s Web site for health care professionals:
“Approximately 2% of ingested sucralose is biotransformed into toxicologically insignificant components and excreted in the urine … Most ingested sucralose is eliminated unchanged in the stool … Of the small amount of sucralose that is absorbed, most is eliminated in the urine within 24 hours.”
All of this excreted Splenda goes directly into the water supply where Smitha Ramakrishna, a bright 17-year-old and finalist in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, found that wastewater treatment methods do not break the compound down.
After testing bacterial digestion and other forms of common wastewater treatments, she found the molecule vastly unchanged. Only a mix of titanium dioxide, ultraviolet light and extensive time broke Splenda down into biodegradable molecules, and these methods are rarely used by treatment facilities.
So there’s a good chance that Splenda is readily accumulating in water supplies, where preliminary studies suggest it could poison fish and potentially harm other creatures as well.
The fastest solution to keeping Splenda out of the water supply would be to drastically cut down on its use on a nationwide level … a step that would not only protect the environment but also your individual health as well.
Splenda Secrets You Should Know
Splenda was approved after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days!
Those animal studies revealed plenty of problems, such as:
- Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
- Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
- Enlarged and calcified kidneys (McNeil stated this is often seen with poorly absorbed substances and was of no toxicological significance. The FDA Final Rule agreed that these are findings that are common in aged female rats and are not significant.)
- Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
- A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health also found that Splenda:
- Reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent — a disturbing finding since these bacteria help maintain your body’s overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly microorganisms and support your general health.
- Increases the pH level in your intestines
- Affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications.
Dr. Mercola created a page many years ago that contains a long list of personal case studies from readers who have been injured and suffered side effects from Splenda.
In fact, he has more people on his site that have reported adverse reactions to Splenda than were formally studied in the research submitted for FDA approval.
The symptoms are so numerous he can’t include them all here, but the following are common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products:
- Skin — Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts). These are the most common allergic symptoms that people have.
- Lungs — Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
- Head — Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches)
- Nose — Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
- Eyes — Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery
- Stomach — Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
- Heart — Palpitations or fluttering
- Joints — Joint pains or aches
- Neurological — Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression
Source: Dr. Joseph Mercola
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