Sugar has gotten a bad rap and everyone has a sweet tooth so we are always looking for a substitute.

They come by many names, Sweet’N Low, saccharin, Nutra-sweet, Equal, aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Sunett, sucralose and Splenda.

The FDA has approved all of these artificial sweeteners for human consumption. Sweet’N Low (saccharin) was thought to cause bladder cancer but that caution has been removed.

The approval of Splenda (sucralose) was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human safety studies, but as you’ll soon find out, out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for four days! (

Splenda is not natural; it is a chlorinated artificial sweetener. There have been no long-term human studies on the safety of Splenda; however, issues have been raised about Splenda in a new study from Duke University.

According to the study, Splenda “suppresses beneficial bacteria and directly affects the expression of the transporter P-gp and cytochrome P-450 isozymes that are known to interfere with the bioavailability of drugs and nutrients. These effects occur at sucralose levels approved by the FDA for use in the food supply.

The web site lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, such as: Gastrointestinal problems, Migraines, Seizures, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Allergic reactions, Blood sugar increase, Weight gain.