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Splenda Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

There were no balloons, party games or celebrating of any kind in my clinic, particularly after I discovered today marked the fifth anniversary of sucralose, featured in the U.S. under the brand name Splenda, first being sold via, of all places, the Internet.

The statistics quoted straight from the press release about the gradual infusion of Splenda/sucralose into the world marketplace are downright upsetting.

  • Splenda is now the leading branded sweetener in U.S. homes based on dollar sales, which means that its sales are ahead of those of both Domino and C&H Sugar.
  • An astonishing 51 percent of Splenda's volume growth is from the sugar category which declined 4 percent in the most recent year.
  • The sweetener's dollar share of the low calorie sweetener category is greater than those of both of its nearest low calorie sweeteners combined.
  • Almost 20 million households bought Splenda in the last 52 weeks.
  • Consumers use 5 BILLION Splenda packets a year (which amounts to about 9,000 per minute).
  • A significant increase in Splenda as the brand recommended in past three months based on pre- and post-education efforts: among total physicians (from 39 to 55 percent); among family practitioners (from 40 to 58 percent); and among internists (from 36 to 57 percent).
  • Splenda is now approved for use in 79 countries (19 more than last year).

All those great numbers might lead you to believe sucralose is a pretty safe product, but nothing could be further from the truth. Animal research has shown that sucralose can cause many problems such as:

  • Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40 percent shrinkage)
  • Enlarged liver and kidneys
  • Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
  • Increased cecal weight
  • Reduced growth rate

If you want to know why I'm so opposed to sucralose, take a look at the emotional testimony of a pharmacist who compared this artificial sweetner to "a biochemical warfare agent."

In fact, I feel so strongly about this that I am in the process of coauthoring a book about the dangers of Splenda with Dr. Janet Hull. I am very excited about the collaboration and we hope to have the book out by early spring 2005.

Yahoo Financial News September 22, 2004

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