Hello, I'm a big fan of South Beach, this is my second time trying it and today I just reached phase 2, man those first 2 weeks are hard. Anyway, some of the hardest stuff for me to resist is sweet and my one real problem with South Beach is giving up natural sugar for substitute. Sure, sugar leads to a lot of health issues and keeps your weight up but what does splenda do? I've always steered away from sugar substitutes because they are chemical. I also don't want to seem like a debby downer but the other thing I have a problem with is Sugar Free Coolwhip. It's filled with hydrogenated oil, they basically pump hydrogen in oil to make it last longer and in turn make the company more money. Hydrogenated oil is awful for your body and I see so many places that talk about South Beach offer that as a great, non sugary treat.....but let's be real, it's not just important to stay on South Beach, it's also important to be overall healthy.....so what are we putting in our body? Can we do south beach without ingesting tons of chemicals?
I feel like the earth provides us with the foods we need, that always seems like the healthiest way to live....we eat what grows or lives on the earth. When human beings in a lab get involved, it seems to deteriorate the quality of food and in turn our health suffers. When you go into most grocery stores and look at the ingredients on something whether it's supposed to be healthy for you or not, if there are 30 ingredients that you can't pronounce, I don't care if it has no sugar or carbs, that is not good for you.
However, like I said, the first 2 weeks of SB is really hard, and sometimes I give in to these chemical laden alternatives but I always feel weird about it.
I think phase 2 is much easier and I won't have that problem but does anyone feel the same as me? I feel like it's easy to eat whole foods, protein, grains, meat, etc without dipping into the fake, chemical world.....I think my main concern is sweets. I'm on the fence about Splenda but anything with Hydrogenated Oil (ie sugar free coolwhip) seems very nasty and harmful to me. Maybe I'll make my own sugar free cool whip without hydrogenated oil.
Marketed as a tabletop version of sucralose, Splenda is an artificial sugar substitute marketed by Johnson and Johnson. Sucralose is chemically a derivative of sugar, produced by replacing three hydroxyl groups with chlorine atoms. Its sweetness intensity is considered to be 600 times that of table sugar. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved it in 1998 as a food additive. Speaking about ingredients of Splenda, the major chunk is sucralose, although it also contains small concentrations of other volume adding ingredients, like dextrose, maltodextrin or both.
Is Splenda Bad for You?
As per the proponents of Splenda, only 15 percent of the sugar substitute is absorbed by the body. Till date, there is no clinical report that claims the dangers of Splenda to the public. But, that does not mean that it is entirely safe for consumption. As already mentioned, Splenda is made from sucralose, which is a chemical substance prepared from sucrose. Considering this, you can guess the answer to the question 'Is too much Splenda bad for you or not'. Following are probable side effects of Splenda, which you should know before placing it in your kitchen cabinet: