Debunk the Junk Science
With access to the Internet on our phones, tablets, and laptops, an answer to almost any question we can think of is just a click away. Yet, with all of this information at our finger tips, it can sometimes be even harder to separate myths from reality. SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is here to help by culling through the myths about SPLENDA® ingredients and bringing the science front and center to answer some of those burning questions. Is SPLENDA® safe? Is SPLENDA® bad for you? Are there sucralose side effects?
In fact, more than 100 studies support the safety of sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweeteners) and sucralose has been approved by global regulatory bodies (such as the FDA, Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority) in over 80 countries.
Debunk the Junk Science
Despite this overwhelming body of evidence, there is misinformation about SPLENDA® ingredients often attributed to research that uses unconventional or poorly designed methods, draws conclusions that don’t match the research question or are erroneously drawn. At the SPLENDA® Brand, we call this junk science.
Check out the posts below to learn the facts as dietitians and nutritionists debunk myths by referring to good science, which supports the safety of SPLENDA® Sweeteners.
At one time or another we’ve all experienced the jaw-dropping discovery that something we believed to be true, isn’t. I still can recall the unsettling moments in my childhood when I found out the truth about Santa Claus and the tooth fairy! If you’ve had similar situations where something that you thought was a fact suddenly became fiction, then you understand the power of myths.
If you’ve had similar situations where something that you thought was a fact suddenly became fiction, then you understand the power of myths.
Myths often begin as a way to explain things we don’t understand. Based on my 30+ years as a consulting dietitian I know that over time myths can become “common knowledge” as more and more people accept and repeat them. Soon, there’s no one left to question whether that information is true or not, and the myth becomes part of our reality.
Have you had your daily dose of the latest controversial nutrition headlines? Some days I feel as though I’ve had more than my share. When that happens, I like to step back and remind myself that even the news has to be consumed in moderation for me to remain healthy and sane!
One of the more surprising items I read recently had to do with a new research paper (about an old study), in which mice were given diets containing sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other foods. The research group that performed the study is a small institute in Italy with a history of publishing research that has been found to be unreliable in making safety assessments of food ingredients.
I was surprised to see this study published because it had been the subject of criticism when these researchers published an abstract about it over 4 years ago.
Many things in our lives are now easier thanks to the Internet. We can book our own flights for a vacation, check what the weather will be when we arrive and order new clothes before we leave. But finding good health advice online is not an easy task.
If you’ve ever tried to scour the Internet for the answer to a food or health question it’s more likely than not that you end up more confused and/or alarmed. With all of the differing answers out there and conflicting opinions, it's hard to know what to believe. This is especially true when it comes to misinformation about artificial sweeteners side effects (artificial sweeteners are commonly known as “sugar substitutes” or what I call “low-calorie sweeteners”).
How We Debunk the Junk: Using Science + Humor to Address Myths about Sucralose
Healthcare practitioners, like myself, turn to evidence-based scientific research for philosophies and viewpoints. There are many different kinds of research studies on low-calorie sweeteners; however, the type and design of these studies, and what research question is being asked, can drastically change what findings mean and how they should be interpreted.
At the SPLENDA® Brand, we point to the more than 100 studies that support the safety of sucralose and the fact that it has been approved by global regulatory bodies (such as the FDA, Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority) in over 80 countries.
Additionally, independent health authorities, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society support the use of SPLENDA® Sweeteners as part of a healthy diet.
Despite this overwhelming body of evidence, there is misinformation about sucralose often attributed to research that uses unconventional or poorly designed methods, draws conclusions that don’t match the research question or are erroneously drawn. At the SPLENDA® Brand, we call this junk science.
SPLENDA® Brand is introducing new myth-busting content that “debunks” this junk science, using humor to address poorly-drawn conclusions, click bait headlines, and shaky science communications.
Low-calorie sweeteners is a topic that has been particularly subject to misinformation that has led to myths. This is worrisome, because some people still ask: “Are there Splenda side effects”, “Is Splenda bad for you?”, and “Are there sucralose side effects?”, even though the total body of evidence shows that low-calorie sweeteners are safe and without side effects.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of anecdotal, or self-reported, information out there that gets passed off as evidence of a problem when scientific research indicates the “problem” is not, in fact, a real one.
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You know what drives me crazy? When misinformation makes it to my patients, especially related to sucralose and other NLCS (no and low calorie sweeteners). There have been news headlines claiming that these rigorously tested sweetening options have adverse impacts on blood glucose regulation, but that just isn’t true.
At a time when tools to reduce calorie and carbohydrate intakes, like SPLENDA® Sweeteners, are needed most, clouding our understanding with claims that aren’t evidence-based makes my job as a credentialed nutrition professional difficult. It also confuses just about everyone else.
I have some suspicions about how this particular myth that sucralose causes blood sugar to increase began to spread.
We’ve all been told at one time or another that there’s no such thing as a silly question. If you’re a parent or a teacher you’ve probably even made that remark yourself. Asking for more information when you don’t understand something is the key to learning.
I have to keep this truism in mind whenever I am asked about the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, such as when I’m asked about the “sucralose side effects” or “sucralose dangers” (sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweetener Products). That’s because to me, the answer is simple. I know that low-calorie sweeteners are among the most thoroughly tested, and continually tested, ingredients in the food supply, but everyone else doesn’t know this. And based on all of the available research, they are approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people of all ages.
Since I still get questions from people about whether there are any side effects or dangers from using sucralose, I decided to answer them here for the benefit of all of my readers – especially those who may have thought it was a silly question to ask.
When talking about weight loss or causes of weight gain, everyone has an opinion about what’s effective and what’s not. But are those thoughtful tips based on science, or mere personal opinion? Let’s debunk some of the most popular weight loss myths, and address the use of SPLENDA® Sweeteners in weight management.
The low-calorie sweeteners we have today all come from different sources and different techniques are used to make them.
It’s important to remember that when you hear news about low-calorie sweeteners, they are often discussed as if they’re all the same. They’re not, and the differences can be significant. “Stevia vs Splenda”, “stevia vs aspartame”, “Splenda vs aspartame” – you’ve probably thought about these comparisons yourself.
Understanding the differences in the way research is done is the key to understanding why new studies occasionally come along that contradict the old. Unfortunately, nothing improves newspaper sales, TV ratings or website hits like a good headline, so these offbeat studies are often blown out of proportion by the media covering them.