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[IP] Re: Sweeteners
In a message dated 9/4/01 9:14:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< Has anyone heard of negatives or positives of Splenda? Have you had the
experience that sweet n low or equal hurt neuropathy? I am not a water
drinker.....it makes me almost gag, but I do drink it, but I love crystal
light, which is nutra sweet.
O would love to hear some good solid facts and not the BS from all the
naturopaths that I am going to die or whatever they claim.
As Claire was dx at age 2, I had to think pretty carefully about how we would
handle her disease. I met one nurse at the hospital who just forbid anything
sweet to her child, including artificial sweeteners. But with two older
children I knew this route would be impossible for our family.
But I also worried about over-use of sweeteners. So my boys have kool-aid
with regular sugar and Claire has her own jug, made with Splenda. We use
Splenda a fair bit, and I have never read anything negative about it.
Someone will no doubt fill you in on the science behind Splenda--something
about it being a derivative of sugar minus or plus a molecule or
something--I'm no scientist!! Because so many commercial products are made
with Aspartame and Ace-K, Claire doesn't exclusively use just one type of
sweetener, which might prove to be safer in the long run. But no one knows
for sure at this time.
I don't let her have saccarin (sp?) or cyclamates--both of which are still
widely used in prepared products in the UK, by ALL children. Tooth decay is
a big problem there with children (no fluoride in the water in most places)
and parents try to keep sugar consumption down in drinks.
Barbara, Mum of Claire 7
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