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Consumer Group Questions Splenda's Claims

A national consumer group has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate misleading claims made by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Nutritionals division that imply Splenda is a "natural" product. According to a letter from Generation Green, an advocacy group favoring corporate and governmental policies that protect children from exposure to toxins, McNeil has intentionally blurred the line between artificial and natural by using the word "sugar" in advertising Splenda.

The letter urges federal regulators to halt McNeil's misleading advertising campaign and compel the company to disseminate accurate information to its customers.

Generation Green disputes McNeil's claim that Splenda is "made from SUGAR so it tastes like SUGAR." Fact is, sugar isn't even listed as an ingredient on any Splenda labeling. Moreover, some of the chemicals that are included in the making of Splenda include chlorine and phosgene, a poisonous gas.

And with the new push to use Splenda as an ingredient in baking, McNeil's advertising efforts have certainly conveyed that "natural" message effectively, if not explicitly in ads or on packages, and especially for parents to share with their kids. Even worse, during an online forum, Dr. Arthur Agatston, creator of the seriously flawed South Beach Diet said "Splenda is natural," when asked by a consumer about side effects.

Just a few of the horrible side effects of Splenda:

  • Up to a 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus glands
  • Enlarged liver and kidneys
  • Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus

I strongly urge you to learn more about the dangerous truth behind Splenda by reading a special testimonial page devoted to this subject. Nearly every month, we receive an unsolicited report from someone who has had an adverse reaction to Splenda. I certainly don't want you to be the next one!

ArriveNet January 13, 2005

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