If you thought caffeinated beef jerky was too much, prepare yourself to be even more astounded:
Fake sugar. With “fiber.” With “antioxidants.” With “B vitamins.”
Voila! Now it’s “healthy!”
With the minute amounts of nutrients per packet, one would need to be consuming unconscionable numbers of packets to make any impact at all on one’s health — that is, provided one weren’t also consuming the sucralose itself! As we noted last year, Splenda alters the microflora in the intestine and “exerts numerous adverse effects,” according to a Duke University study, including an increase in body weight (not quite what a “diet aid” is supposed to do!) and an elevation of liver enzymes, which hurts the bioavailability of nutrients.
In “The Lethal Science of Splenda, a Poisonous Chlorocarbon,” Dr. Bowen says that “any chlorocarbons not directly excreted from the body intact can cause immense damage to the processes of human metabolism and, eventually, our internal organs. The liver is a detoxification organ which deals with ingested poisons. Chlorocarbons damage the hepatocytes, the liver’s metabolic cells, and destroy them.”
Dr. Bowen notes that the high solvency of chlorocarbons like Splenda attacks the human nervous system and can produce cancer, birth defects, and immune system destruction. In test animals, Splenda produced swollen livers (as do all chlorocarbon poisons), calcified their kidneys, shrunk their thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produced liver inflammation.
And just this week, there was news of a new, albeit small, study showing that, contrary to common belief, sweeteners like Splenda do have a metabolic effect.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a class action suit, “which alleges that Splenda Essentials provides no health benefits whatsoever and short-changes consumers.”
“It’s ridiculous – but apparently profitable – to claim that bulking up Splenda with vitamins or powdered fiber is going to make it a magical health food,” said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit nutrition watchdog group that is helping to bring the suit. “It’s an artificial sweetener, not pixie dust.”