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Hidden Sources of Splenda

April 04, 2006 | 16,323 views

Most varieties of Airborne, the popular "herbal" remedy used by professionals who travel frequently by air to prevent colds, contain sucralose (Splenda).

Three of the four products in the Airborne line -- Airborne Original, Airborne Lemon-Lime, and Airborne Jr. -- contain sucralose. The fourth uses sugar.

Airborne claims its products are a combination of seven herbs, which are put through a patented extraction process and then combined with amino acids, anti-oxidants and electrolytes. It is sold as a dietary supplement rather than a drug, so its claims and ingredients have not been evaluated by any health agency.




Dr. Mercola's Comments:

This fall I will be publishing the most comprehensive expose on Splenda ever written. The world will finally see the truth behind how this product came to market and the shameful tactics that were used to obtain its approval.

One of the secret reasons that Splenda is used to sweeten many products is that they are using a loophole in the law. If a product has less than four calories per serving it can be legally called "zero calories."

Many do not realize that "Splenda" is a combination of artifical and real sweeteners and has real sugar in it. But because of this loophole companies can get away with using sugar and questionably proven artificial sweeteners, whose safety is highly uncertain.

Usually, companies make a big deal about their ties to Splenda, but this latest one -- Airborne -- has been fairly quiet about it. However, three-quarters of their products use it, and the rest use sugar, a substance that's just as health-harming.

Other products that added Splenda, perhaps while you weren't looking:

Just a reminder, you don't need a drug to keep your immune system strong and diminish your chances of catching a cold if you follow my effective protocol:

As for Splenda, there has been a complete absence of any useful long-term human studies to test its safety. I've been researching the effects of Splenda based upon information collected from various individual case studies. The following symptoms have been noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products:

  • Skin -- Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts). This is the most common allergic symptom that people have.


  • Lungs -- Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath.


  • Head -- Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches).


  • Nose -- Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing.


  • Eyes -- Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery.


  • Stomach -- Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.


  • Heart -- Palpitations or fluttering.


  • Joints -- Joint pains or aches.


  • Neurological -- Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression.

In a nutshell, Splenda is simply not as perfectly safe as the manufacturers would have you believe.

If you are still using Splenda, I urge you to take a look at the pages of testimonials from our own readers who feel they have been harmed by Splenda -- then decide if using this largely experimental product is really worth the risk.



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