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Splenda Should Be Sued for False Advertising

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • One of sucralose’s key marketing claims has long been that it neither metabolizes nor bioaccumulates in the human body, thus making it a basically inert substance
  • A recent animal study revealed that sucralose is, in fact, metabolized by the body and accumulates in fat tissue
  • Researchers recommended the safety and regulatory status of sucralose be revisited
  • The consumer group U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether some of sucralose’s marketing claims are deceptive

Artificial sweeteners are incredibly popular in the U.S., with consumption jumping by 54 percent among adults and 200 percent among children from 1999 to 2012. This means more than 41 percent of adults — and 25 percent of children — are consuming such sweeteners, which include sucralose, brand name Splenda.

Almost always, the motivation for consuming artificial sweeteners is that they're believed by many to be healthier than sugar, or at least to represent the lesser of two evils. In reality, while sugar is easily one of the worst offenders to human health, artificial sweeteners are even worse. But they've earned a reputation for being healthy because of carefully orchestrated PR campaigns created by their makers.


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