Does LifeSource Vitamins Use Stevia and not Sucralose?
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
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 has 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.
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 are 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.
liver and kidneys.
of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
cecal weight gain
thymus glands (up to 40% shrinkage)
fetal body weights and placental weights
- Affects the function of
glyco-proteins that can affect your health and interfere with some oral
- Heart palpitations
- Hyperplasia of the
of the pregnancy period
- Joint pain
- Depression, anxiety
- Swellings in face, including
eyes, nose, lips, tongue, throat
- Skin reactions, including
itching, swelling, blistering, oozing, rashes, hives, and other eruptions
- Bloating, gas, nausea,
- 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 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
A Few Conclusions:
Sucralose Toxicity Information Center
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 from 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
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)"
By: Bruce Brightman - founder
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