Surprising Study About Artificial Sweeteners

For those of you who are aware of the health dangers posed by artificial sweeteners and dutifully avoid them, the featured study findings may come as a shocking surprise.

Researchers have found that the artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda) is a widespread contaminant in waste water, surface water, and ground water. In a recent test, water samples from 19 U.S. drinking water treatment plants serving more than 28 million people were analyzed for sucralose. The sweetener was found to be present in:

  • The source water of 15 out of 19 of drinking water treatment plants tested
  • The finished water of 13 out of 17 plants, and
  • In 8 out of 12 water distribution systems

The average amounts of sucralose in source water and finished water was 440 ng/L and 350 ng/L respectively.

According to the study:

“Further, in the subset of [drinking water treatment plants] with distribution system water sampled, the compound was found to persist regardless of the presence of residual chlorine or chloramines … The results of this study confirm that sucralose [is] an indicator compound … for the presence of other recalcitrant compounds in finished drinking water”.

Recalcitrant compounds are organic or synthetic compounds that resist being broken down by chemical processes, such as those employed by water treatment facilities. This is troublesome, particularly as sucralose can be quite detrimental to human health, and the contamination appears to be very widespread in US water supplies.

Sucralose Destroys Healthy Bacteria

Three years ago, an animal study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health reported that sucralose:

  • Reduced the amount of good bacteria in the animals’ intestines by 50 percent
  • Increased the pH level in the intestines
  • Contributed to increases in body weight, and
  • Affected P-glycoprotein (P-gp) levels in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected. In terms of human health, this P-gp effect could result in medications used in chemotherapy, AIDS treatment and treatments for heart conditions being shunted back into your intestines, rather than being absorbed
  • Is absorbed by fat cells (contrary to previous claims)

The fact that Splenda can destroy up to 50 percent of your healthy intestinal bacteria is truly disturbing as these help maintain your body’s overall balance of friendly versus unfriendly micro-organisms, and support your overall immunity and general health. Many people are already deficient in healthy bacteria due to choosing highly processed foods, which is why a high-quality probiotic is one of the very few supplements I recommend for nearly everyone. And now we discover that this artificial sweetener also contaminates a majority of US municipal water supplies as well…

Splenda Has NEVER Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption

Did you know that only two human trials on sucralose were completed and published prior to the FDA approving Splenda for human consumption? And these two trials included a total of 36 human subjects. Worse yet, the longest running trial lasted only four days, and looked at sucralose in relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance. As for determining the absorption of Splenda into the human body, a mere eight men were studied. Based on that singular human study, the FDA allowed the findings to be generalized as being representative of and regarded as “safe” for the entire human population!

This is a potentially devastating mistake, as some groups are far more susceptible to adverse effects than others, such as infants, the elderly, and the chronically ill.

You’ve probably heard the claims that the FDA has reviewed over 100 studies on Splenda and are satisfied that it’s a safe product, but what you don’t hear is that most of those studies were on animals, and that they actually revealed plenty of problems! For example, some of these studies revealed:

  • Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
  • Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses
  • Enlarged and calcified kidneys
  • Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
  • A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a six percent death rate in the control group

It May be Made from Sugar, But it’s Nothing Like it

Don’t let the name fool you. Sucralose is NOT some magical calorie-free sugar, despite Splenda’s famous slogan, “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” It is in fact a chlorinated artificial sweetener cooked up in a factory, and scores of consumers have testified to its devastating effects. It does start off as a sugar molecule—to which three chlorine molecules are added. At the end of the patented process, the chemical composition of the sugar has been altered to the point that it’s actually closer to DDT and Agent Orange than sugar.

This type of “sugar” molecule does not occur anywhere in nature, and therefore your body cannot properly metabolize it. This is why Splenda is advertised as having “zero calories”—because your body cannot digest or metabolize it. Essentially, it passes right through you. Or at least that’s the claim. However, according to the available research, between 11-27 percent of sucralose is in fact absorbed into your digestive system, and according to the study mentioned above, it is also absorbed into your fat cells.

The question then becomes, just what kind of impact might a DDT- or Agent Orange-like molecule have on your health?

Furthermore, few people realize that only about one percent of that packet of Splenda is actually sucralose. The remaining 99 percent is maltodextrin—a type of sugar! Each packet actually has four calories, but because the amount of sugar is less than one gram, they get away with saying it has “no calories” due to a loophole in the labeling law.

Common Side Effects of Sucralose

Just like other artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), sucralose can wreak havoc on your health. The personal testimonials on my site alone, submitted by people who have suffered adverse reactions to Splenda, surpass the number of people that were formally studied in the research submitted for FDA approval. The web site also lists consumer complaints from Splenda consumption.

Some of the most common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products, include:

  • Gastrointestinal problems: bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision
  • Blood sugar increases
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reactions, including swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Weight gain
  • Allergic skin reactions: Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives
  • Breathing problems: wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing
  • Heart palpitations or fluttering
  • Joint pains and aches
  • Bloodshot, itchy, swollen, or watery eyes
  • Anxiety or sensation of being “spaced-out”
  • Depression

How is Splenda Ending up in Drinking Water?

Well, its presence in water supplies may very well be a sign of just how prevalent its use is, because as revealed in that one absorption study, sucralose is expelled in urine and feces pretty much unaltered. I’m not sure which is more concerning, the thought that so many people use and excrete Splenda that it’s becoming a drinking water contamination hazard, or that sucralose is so persistent—so difficult to break down that it can pass right through your body, and go through chemical water treatment, and STILL be present to have another go through the system of another unsuspecting person having a drink of water!

The other issue to remember is that many researchers believe sucralose has an element of fat solubility so you wind up storing some of it in your fat; certainly more if you are drinking ever increasing concentrations in your tap water.  Remember this chemical is in the same class as DDT and Agent Orange, and we have NO long term toxicity studies done on this as they were not required.

Avoiding sugar is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, but, instead of consuming a naturally low-sugar diet based on whole foods, some people are still trying to have their cake and eat it too. Unfortunately, the belief that artificial sweeteners can allow you to have the best of both worlds is a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you’re still consuming artificially sweetened foods, snacks and beverages because you think it’ll help you manage your weight, please understand that you’ve been sorely misled.

In reality, “diet” foods and drinks destroy your body’s ability to count calories and actually promote weight gain. For example, drinking diet sodas has been found to double your risk of obesity! Complicating matters further, artificial sweeteners also appear to be highly addictive. It’s important to understand that sugar cravings is typically a sign that your body needs fuel. Using artificial sweeteners will NOT trick your body into thinking it has had its fill. Instead, artificial sweeteners can increase sweet cravings because your body didn’t get the energy boost it was expecting from that sweet taste.

If you’re determined to sweeten your foods and beverages, I urge you to consider using stevia extract—a safe and natural sweet herb. Avoid stevia-based sweeteners like Truvia and PureVia however, as these do not contain the whole stevia plant, which may compromise its safety.

How to Remove Splenda From Your Drinking Water

Remember that Splenda is not the only contaminant in your water supply. There are loads of drugs in your water that wind up there the same way Splenda does. A reverse osmosis system will not only remove Splenda but nearly every other drug and contaminant from your water. A carbon filter will also work to remove Splenda and other contaminants but it is not quite as effective and will require you to reduce the rate of flow through the filter media. The more carbon you have that contacts the water, the more effective it will be.

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Summerannie M.
Summerannie M.8 months ago

We informed people now those who understand have taken their cash and gone elsewhere rather than buying diet coke, zero, and all those truly nasties and cocacola have discovered that people are voting with their feet or cash more to the point and not buy their products anymore... well remember those who are informed.

they have been hard at it trying to change things in their diet products but I guess once bitten twice shy. I wouldnt touch it with a forty foot pole.

I met a young man a few years ago and I commented on the ingredients within the product he was giving me as I was doing a survey to do with food. Anyway we chatted away and he told me after I mentioned this artificial sweeteners perils that his father was quickly admitted into hospital with an unknown problem. He was very ill. No one could find the cause till a Dr from another state came and visited him and asked what he drank rather than eat and he said a can of diet coke a day. Bingo.. they did brain tests and sure enough he had a brain tumor. That is what happens. Easy as... They talk about added preservatives, additives etc causing cancer. well there you go. read labels all the time. I do.

Mark Bill
Past Member 8 months ago

Hmmm, Your writing and entertaining style is so awesome, keep it up buddies!

Bob M.
Bob M.3 years ago

Artificial sweeteners increasingly have a bad reputation with the public as being unhealthy for one’s diet. Surcalose, the artificial sweetener found in Splenda, has its share of critics. Recently an article titled “Surprising Study about Artificial Sweeteners” written by Dr. Joseph Mercola has warned the public about the danger of sucralose. The article was published on the website, and can be found at According to Dr. Mercola, consuming sucralose causes numerous adverse effects such as drug resistance, sucralose addiction, alteration of gut microflora, and weight gain. However, several peer-reviewed studies of sucralose suggest that sucralose is a safe food additive. It appears that Dr. Mercola’s arguments are misleading, incorrect and heavily supported by biased personal testimonials.

One of the claims made by Mercola is that sucralose increases the levels of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in the body. P-gp is a protein that pumps a wide variety of substances such as hormones and drugs out of the body. This process becomes problematic, as P-gp pumps out medication such as anticancer drugs1. Only one study conducted by Duke University has shown that sucralose increases P-gp levels2. The researchers found that Splenda consumption could increase the P-gp levels of rats by up to 243%. However, an independent panel of experts reviewed the study and found issues with its m

Mac C.
mac C.3 years ago

I always try to avoid these, except stevia. Thanks for the vital information.

Lynde T.
Lynde T.3 years ago

Ick! I try to avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible. I was avoiding it before I even knew it was awful for you. I just don't feel right putting anything in my body that tastes like a chemical.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

Ioana, I personally wouldnt touch Xylitol at all but I would if I wanted too buy STEVIA in the organic form. Better still as I have mentioned before you can go to your local Garden Nursery and ask for the STEVIA PLANT to grow. No cost then over the time, All you do is to keep it out of Frosts b/c it doesnt like frosts and when you need sugar then go and pick a leaf and toss it into your tea or coffee. You can even cook with it as well. Dry it and crush it up.

STEVIA is excellent for DIABETICS B/C it doesnt impinge on sugar levels at all, doesnt spike diabetes and best of all is, it doesnt have those nasty debilitating side effects that other substitutes have.

When you read the labels on your sugar substitute dont buy them if they have 950 , 951, up to 960 FORGET IT

So Stevia is the go. It is delicious and quite sweet, Id say that you might only want half a leaf and the leaves are small too. Stevia is quite sweet, so you have to learn how much you need. YOu can put it into your h/bag into a clear pouch or cling wrap and its way better than having a plastic hard container etc.

Im sure you ll like it. I d skip Xylitol.

Dont believe me..then do a Google Search of Stevia and you will find it 100% healthier even than Xylitol.

Keep on the page by learning about the horrible side effects of artificial sugars and what others dont know is also called ASPARTAME

Ioana Cristina S.

I recently found out that there is a type of sugar that is apparently healthy for the body. It's called xylitol and I think it comes from fruit and birch trees. I found it at the pharmacy next to other types of sugar substitutes. On the package it says that it's for people who have diabetes or who are hypoglycemic. I was wondering if this sugar is safe for people who don't have these conditions.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

Debbie..... its just as bad. Anything other than Stevia and Agave are all tarred with the same brush. Artificial Sweeteners which are also called Aspartame to confused everyone or NEOTAME are all carcenogens...but in time WILL CAUSE ALZHEIMER's as well as 92 serious body diseases. It is called THE SILENT KILLER. and many sit and wobble in their seat and get all chuffed up and say oh but I have been drinking it or eating it for X amount of months or years or decades and nothing has happened..I say YET!!! you might think its fine but it will creep up on you and lest you realize that what is causing a problem in your body is actually and usually the side effects of aspartame Its in drugs too. Okay see if I can convince you and others even have ants in your house and I am a lover of ants but only outside the house not inside the its well known that if you want to get rid of them inside your house, is to use ASPARTAME OR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS . The ants take the powder back to their nest and they die.....ALSO PETS DIE TOO... so what does that say about what YOU are ingesting?

POISON...isnt it...Its man made... its a chemical and its also ADDICTIVE. People cant kick the habit of ingesting it because they have addictive traits. So if you want to live a healthy life and a bit longer than your age now, then kick the habit and find STEVIA or GROW IT or use Agave. I personally havent used Agave but its excellent however i have used STEVIA the plant and have

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

I like Sweet 'n Low. How bad is that one?

Thanks for the information.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

Yes you would ask yourself and to all who use it, what is it doing to us then when it can kill Ant nest colonies? Admittedly they are tiny compared to us, but when you use a/ sweeteners over a period of time over and over and over again, you then become like the ant. You figure it out. Pity all these people who drink it and have no idea about the ramifications to their health and well being are hoodwinked into ingesting it by the media's advertising.

Chewing many people chew sugar free chewing gum? Thousands! I ask them..... could you tell me the difference between Aspartame and Artificial Sugars please? Not one person could or can tell me. Why? Because they havent a clue b/c they have been brain washed about Artificial Sweeteners and no one knows the meaning of Aspartame..the answer?

THEY ARE THE SAME. different word but both words mean the same.... artificial man made sweetener.

It should be banned from every single food and drink product on the earth;

Want to use a sweetener that doesnt cause anything to you but its sweet like sugar and is good for you then grow STEVIA. Pick off a tiny leaf. YOU only need ONE LEAF to do it for you...or even half a leaf b/c its so sweet. tastes like sugar too and zero calories. ...take a look at the website. You will be shocked to learn what a/sweeteners do to you.