As an avid Splenda user, I was seriously concerned when I heard through the grapevine that this artificial sweetener could be potentially hazardous to my health. Every morning I pop two packets of that calorie-free sweetness into my coffee to start my day. Clearly, I needed to get to the bottom of this Splenda scare.
Splenda, Equal and Sweet’N Low have been adding sweetness without the extra calories to our sweets and treats for over a decade. I love sweets. America loves sweets. We all love sweets. So why is it that Splenda has a bad rep when it has to be FDA approved to be sold on super market shelves?
Like many other rumors that are spread by word of mouth, this cancer theory is a major misconception. According to the Mayo Clinic, this gossip all leads back to the 1970s.
Studies that were published in the 1970s showed that the artificial sweetener saccharin led to bladder cancer found in lab rats. As a result of these findings, it was required that saccharin post a warning label for customers about potential health hazards.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there has been research conducted on various artificial sweeteners in order to ensure the safety of the consumers. It also explains that there have been no findings of artificial sweeteners linked to cancer in humans.
Well America looks like we can all breathe again and sweeten our coffee - calorie free.