Someone told me that Splenda has a substance that can, in the long run, cause Alzheimer's. I'm reluctant to believe this, but I'd rather be sure. Is there any truth in this?
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I'm not a nutritionist, or anything other than a college student, really, but I did some googling around and I'll tell you what I've found.
First off, I'm going to assume the substance your friend was talking about was the sweet part of Splenda, the sucralose, and not the maltodextrin or any other substance that's there merely to give it bulk.
Almost anytime you start researching any sort of sugar substitue (saccharine, aspartame, sucralose ect) you stumble upon a myriad of websites that claim links between them and everything from cancer to lupus to yes, Alzheimer's.
However, the trouble with these websites (any website, really) is that it's hard to be sure where exactly their data is coming from and whether it's being presented in a scientifically responsible manner. Google turns out that people are still citing the study that says saccharine causes bladder cancer in rats. However, it was long ago found that the mechanism that leads to cancer in the rats isn't biologically applicable in humans. Some of the other effects are only achieved with ridiculously high doses of the various sweeteners; intakes like 2,000 packets of sweet and lo per day.
Anyways, what I can tell you is that sucralose was discovered in 1976 and underwent rigorous testing using both animals and human volunteers before being approved for use in the United States in 1998. I can find no evidence on either the FDA website or the American Council on Science and Health website that there is any health risk in consuming a moderate amount of Splenda daily.
Alzheimers itself is a disease which the medical community is still learning about. The exact cause of it is still unknown though right now the evidence points to a strong genetic componant though behavior, diet, and enviroment may influence the development of the disease as well. Trying pin it on one certain substance just doesn't work.
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