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Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, Nutrasweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Most people believe that sucralose (Splenda) is a perfectly safe artificial sweetener. Big business and the FDA have fostered that dangerous misconception. The truth is Splenda is by no means safe; and the same is true for many of the other artificial sweeteners being marketed today. Dr. Joseph Mercola---supported by extensive studies and research---exposes the fact that S ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson
(first published February 29th 2000)
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There are times when it is necessary to sweeten something so I gleaned a lot from this book. For quite a while I've told my kids I would rather they ate sugar instead of an artificial sweetener. This book reaffirmed that belief. Although natural sweeteners are better than artificial ones they too cause a whole host of health problems. Although we've never consumed much in the way of artificial sweeteners I'll be going out of my way to avoid them in the future and doing my best to limit all sweet ...more
Good read, it reinforced a lot that I already knew, but it was good to go back over it. I am learning to enjoy food and drinks without sweetener of any kind, and it really isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. More discouraging, perhaps, is the discussion of prescription drugs and the FDA, it shows how as health care consumers it is absolutely critical to advocate for ourselves and not just go fill prescriptions without due diligence.
I was more interested in the science of how natural and artificial sweeteners affect the body, but this book is mainly about the failings of the FDA; how they approve prescription drugs and artificial sweeteners for consumption knowing full well they might be unsafe. some interesting stuff, but it was more FDA heavy than I was expecting.
If you eat, you should read this book. Dr. Mercola goes on about the history and industry of artificial sweetners and the FDA. You may or may not agree with his worries over artificial sweetners, but you should at least peek under the hood and see who the FDA actually protects and how it operates.
About the dangers of artificial sweeteners. A lot of interesting historical info about their creations and discoveries. Also laden with anti-FDA material, not saying it isn't true, but there are more in-depth books on this, like Nestle's Food Politics.
Excellent book. Everybody should read this book. It mainly covers the issue of artificial sweetners but it does a really good job of explaining the scary reality of politics, big business, and the horrible reality that is the FDA.