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Sweet Deception by Mercola…is Splenda and cannot be broken down by the body.  That’s the reason it’s noncaloric and used as an artificial sweetener.  It is stable under heat and over a wide range of pH conditions so it can be used in baking or in products that need a longer shelf life.  The wide success of sucralose-based products arises from its favorable comparison to other low-calorie sweeteners in terms of taste, stability, and safety.  Other brand names for sucralose are Sukrana, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren and Nevella.

Marketing touts Splenda as “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.”  It is a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin with detrimental health effects to match.  In animal lab tests, sucralose reduced the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50 percent, increased the pH level in the intestines, contributed to increases in body weight and affected a glycoprotein which,  in your body, can have crucial health effects, particularly if you are on certain meds.  There is also unmistakable evidence that sucralose is absorbed by fat, a fact previously disputed.

Potential health dangers include:  GI  problems • Migraines • Seizures • Dizziness • Blurred vision • Allergic reactions • Blood sugar increase • Weight gain.

A good sugar-sweetener substitute is Stevia.  Truvia is not recommended because it is more highly processed than Stevia and we don’t really know what that means.  If you suffer from sugar cravings (any food craving for that matter), it’s good to know that many people have found relief by  using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which is a psychological acupressure technique.

Watch this YouTube clip on EFT and let yourself be led through an example of EFT:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWu3rSEddZI

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  • Legacy is chagrined to discover that several of the flavors of Quest bars in house have less than 2% sucralose as an ingredient. That is too much! We have removed the offenders and only stock the bars without this artificial sweetener.

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