Sugar, Sugar, Everywhere
Since I am on the topic of sugar additives, I wanted to address a few questions I received about Splenda & Stevia.
- Primarily made of Sucralose, this non-nutritive sweetener is derived from the natural Sucrose (table sugar), with a chemical structure composed of three alcohol groups, attached to three chlorine atoms. Yes, chlorine. Not to be alarmed though. Chlorine is in our drinking water so it’s something we consume on a daily basis. But obviously in very small amounts. According to the American Dietetic Association, they deem Splenda as a “safe” sugar additive. And so does the FDA….
- This natural herb (shrub) has been around for centuries and commonly used by people in Brazil & Japan as a natural sweetener. While Stevia is still not FDA approved, the FDA did give GRAS (generally recognized as safe) approval for Truvia & PureVia, which are derived from the Stevia plant. Apparently there is not enough data for the FDA to approve that Stevia is safe to consume in large quantities. Cause that’s how Americans do it. The bigger, the better! More, more, more!
Again, everything in moderation!!!! Have a packet of Splenda in your coffee or add a little sugar-free syrup to your latte but don’t over do it. 7 packets of Splenda in your tea is totally unnecessary. Right?