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Why LifeSource Vitamins uses Stevia and Not Sucralose: Splenda® By: Bruce Brightman
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Why Does LifeSource Vitamins Use Stevia and not Sucralose?

By: Bruce Brightman, LifeSource Vitamins

If I could only use one word that word would be: SAFETY! This is the only sweetener we felt comfortable to use in our Whey Proteins, Meal Replacements, Pre Workout Powders and anything else we make that needs sweetening.

Now I know that this is a very touchy subject, supercharged in the media by Big Pharma. But all we want to know: Is Sucralose/ SPLENDA®, Equal Brand and Saccharin/ Sweet'n Low actually safe, not safe by the company that manufactures them but truly safe for human consumption? Well, let me just say that after all of our research, we would not put any of them in any of our powdered or liquid supplements.

What we are going to do is highlight the Sucralose/ SPLENDA® version of artificial sweetener.

It is true that that powdered supplements can taste amazing when you use SPLENDA®/Sucralose, but there have been so many studies coming back with terrible results, we simply could not in good conscience use SPLENDA®. Almost all large companies use Sucralose/ SPLENDA® in their powdered and liquid supplements because it functions really well to mask the bad taste of nutrients, but at what cost.

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I am sure you have all heard this: "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.", this is the slogan of SPLENDA®/Sucralose. The active ingredient in SPLENDA® starts as pure cane sugar but is chemically altered to create a compound that contains no calories, and the final product contains no sugar, Huh? That is exactly what we said. They actually lost in a court case against Equal which is made by Merisant Co, the other sweetener we would never use. Equal accused SPLENDA® (McNeil Nutritionals) of confusing consumers into thinking its product was healthier and more natural than other artificial sweeteners, which it certainly is not.

After doing this research we found so many things wrong with SPLENDA®/Sucralose. There were so many to read through, so I listed some of them. These are just a few of the scariest to me.

Research in animals has shown that sucralose can cause many problems in rats, mice, and rabbits, such as:

  • Reduces digestive probiotics, the good bacteria, by as much as 50%. This has hundreds of complications for the human body.
  • Enlarged liver and kidneys.
  • Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
  • Increased cecal weight gain
  • Reduced growth rate
  • Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage)
  • Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights
  • Affects the function of glycoproteins that can affect your health and interfere with some oral medications.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hyperplasia of the pelvis
  • Extension of the pregnancy period
  • Aborted pregnancy
  • Joint pain
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Swellings in the face, including eyes, nose, lips, tongue, throat
  • Skin reactions, including itching, swelling, blistering, oozing, rashes, hives, and other eruptions
  • Bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • A decrease in red blood cells, a sign of anemia.
  • Decreased male fertility.
  • Brain lesions at high doses.
  • Enlarged and calcified kidneys.
  • Spontaneous abortions in half of the rabbits. This one really scared me, reading how many families cannot get pregnant or have babies.
  • 23% death rate in rabbits, compared with 6% in controls.
  • Weight Gain, not Loss which is what most people think by taking Sucralose

I know we have all heard that Sucralose/ SPLENDA® passes right through your system with no effects, even its own manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, claims that it's passed through the body without absorption, however a Japanese report of studies on sucralose estimated that up to 40%, yes 40% is absorbed, and 20-30% is metabolized(1). This exact same report noted that tests on rats documented a link to a wide range of disorders, including reduction of red blood cell count, shrinking of the thalamus, enlargement of the liver and kidney, reduction in growth rate, and neurological disorders. The absorbed sucralose has been found to concentrate in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. This is not great news.

Sucralose/ SPLENDA® is not a natural substance. It is not reasonable to suggest that your body is equipped to cope with it. The FDA approved its use, although none of the studies on which it based that approval lasted more than four days and only two were done on humans. In fact, some of the animal studies had numerous significantly negative results:

Have you ever wondered why "scientific" studies tend to claim that negative effects on animals have no meaning in humans, but positive ones certainly do?

Sucralose is produced by chlorinating sugar (sucrose). This involves chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups. According to the HAD, "The manufacturer claims that the chlorine added to sucralose is similar to the chlorine atom in the salt (NaCl) molecule. That is not the case. Sucralose may be more like ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides, but we will never know without long-term, independent human research."

Sucralose, the chemical name for Splenda, has been implemented as an alternative to sugar, used widely in chewing gum, bakery sweets, diet sodas, fruit juices, and other oddities contrived as food. The sweetener is actually more chlorinated than aspartame - and consequently not much different than aspartame in terms of it's effects on the body.(2)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group, has stated that it was downgrading its safety rating of sucralose from "safe" to "caution," meaning that the additive "may pose a risk and needs to be better tested." Really this sums it all up for us. We simply feel that this is not safe enough for us to use in anything. Unfortunately this Sucralose/ SPLENDA® is in over 4,000 items we use every day. Could this explain why we are having more and more health issues at younger and younger ages?

The artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may be detrimental to your health, according to new research from the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy. The study found that Splenda (sucralose) may be associated with an increased risk of leukemia, which led the food additive to be downgraded from "safe" to "caution," by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Splenda's classification as "caution" joins other chemicals of concern--saccharin is rated "avoid," aspartame is rated "avoid," acesulfame potassium as "avoid" and rebiana (Stevia) as "safe."

The research team fed 843 lab mice varying doses of the sweetener from when they were fetuses until they died. Post-mortem analysis showed a link between leukemia risk and lifetime consumption of the chemical, reflecting that the more the mice consumed, the higher the risk of leukemia.

The researchers recommended that children and pregnant mother should avoid consuming any artificial sweeteners due to the potential health concerns, at least until further studies clearly show there is no cancer risk.

A Few Conclusions:

The Sucralose Toxicity Information Center concludes that:

While it is unlikely that sucralose is as toxic as the poisoning people are experiencing from Monsanto's aspartame, it is clear from the hazards seen in pre-approval research and from its chemical structure that years or decades of use may contribute to serious chronic immunological or neurological disorders.

The Consumer's Research Magazine concludes that:

As Americans continue to choose ever-increasing amounts of such foods and beverages, sweeteners may soar to higher consumption levels. The long-range health effects of such escalation need careful evaluation. Do additional approved sweetening agents truly contribute to good health? Do they really meet special dietary needs? Or, do they merely further encourage poor dietary choices?

Losing my Father Al Brightman to pancreatic cancer at the age of 68 is why I started this business. To help families not lose their Dad, Mom, Aunt, Uncle or any loved one too early as we did my Father. We will not take short cuts; we will use the best possible nutrients available no matter what the cost.

Just how few studies currently exist on sucralose is an issue. Endurance News provides the following table illustrating this fact:


# of Studies*











*Number of studies determined by MEDLINE search.

1) Food Chemistry Division, A Report from the Joint Subcommittee on Toxicity and Food Additives concerning the Designation of Food Additives and the Revision of Standards for Use under the Food Sanitation Council. January 6, 1999, updated Jan 2020

2) Read more at: http://naturalsociety.com/is-splenda-safe-examining-dangers-sugar-alternative/#ixzz2cMafgZAu

3) [Toxicologist Judith] Bellin reviewed studies on rats starved under experimental conditions and concluded that their growth rate could be reduced by as much as a third without the thymus losing a significant amount of weight (less than 7 percent). The changes were much more marked in rats fed on sucralose. While the animals' growth rate was reduced by between 7 and 20 percent, their thymuses shrank by as much as 40 percent. (New Scientist 23 Nov 1991, pg. 13)"

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