Dangers of Splenda

1580 words 7 pages
Alex Kalman

Topic: Why sugar substitutes are dangerous for your health

Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience that sugar substitutes aren’t really what the general public think they are and can be potentially unsafe for your body

Thesis: Overall, recent studies have shown that sugar substitutes isn’t and can cause potential health problems.


I. How many times have you gone to the condiment bar of an eating establishment and reached for the Splenda or Sweet N Low because you are on a diet and you think that real sugar will add a few pounds. (Attention Getter)

II. Since I work in the food industry, this debate whether sugar substitutes are really that much better for you than real sugar is something
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While some industry experts claim the molecule is similar to table salt or sugar, other independent researchers say it has more in common with pesticides. That’s because the bonds holding the carbon and chlorine atoms together are more characteristic of a chlorocarbon than a salt and most pesticides are chlorocarbons. That cannot be good for your body.

C. The manufacturer’s own short-term studies showed that high doses of sucralose caused shrunken thymus glands, enlarged livers, and kidney disorders in rodents. Scientists are calling Splenda a mild mutagen, based on how much is absorbed.

D. Evidence that there are side effects of Splenda is accumulating little by little. Sucralose has been implicated as a possible migraine trigger, for example. Self-reported adverse reactions to Splenda or sucralose collected by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center include skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain. (MSNBC). Recently the FDA was petitioned to withdraw it’s approval of Splenda until more research can be done on it’s safety

E. America has gone down this same path with aspartame, the main ingredient in Equal and NutraSweet. Almost all of the independent research into aspartame


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