By Anca Lamse, M.D.
The New Yorker magazine published an article in 2006 entitled “The Search for Sweet.” In that article, the author describes how this artificial sweetener (Splenda) was initially intended to be an insecticide (it contained chlorine atoms; DDT and other insecticides contain chlorine).
In 1975, the young Indian chemist working with this substance tasted it and found that it was sweet.
(He misunderstood when he was told to “test” it, so he “tasted” it instead.)
You can go to your local library and get the full article, but the few paragraphs below (see link) should give you an idea about what kind of substance Splenda is. After you read it, decide for yourself if you want to eat it.
Stevia is a more natural alternative, but you still should use it in moderation. We simply were NOT meant to eat sweets all day long (fake OR natural).
How much candy do you think the primitive man had available to eat?
Well, our genes have not changed much, so our bodies cannot deal with eating lots of sugar. Diabetes, (which is aging in fast-forward), cancer, and other diseases are more prevalent if we eat too many sweets. The more sweet stuff you eat, the more you crave it. You will not crave it as much if you stay away from it for a few days.
Enjoy the reading.
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