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
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
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.
Hyperplasia of the pelvis
Extension of the pregnancy period
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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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