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August 06, 2009


Thursday

WOD

“Nicole”

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
Run 400 meters
Max rep Pull-ups

It is up to us to really gain a broad perspective on our nutrition. Sadly it’s no secret that the FDA is influenced by corruption and lobbyist who push things through for approval despite insufficient testing of side effects that are a result of chemical tampering. From emperor Qin Shi Huang, who died of swallowing mercury (poison) pills, made by his court scientists and doctors, which contained too much mercury.(Ironically, these pills were meant to make Qin Shi Huang immortal.) To our day where there is still very little known about the long term effects of pesticides, the carcinogenic effects of artificial/chemical sweeteners and food additives. Or the hormones and antibiotics used in raising animals for meat. Thankfully there is a lot of good info out there and more and more awareness to help us to make better choices-which are available. Some of the info is downright propaganda which lies by way of omission- or without shame openly. Other available info is unscientific and comes off as a little angry and paranoid. Somewhere in between lies the truth.

One controversial product that is touted as a healthy alternative and useful dietary aide is Sucralose-more commonly known as splenda.

The first excerpt is from a very pro-sucralose site. The site shows sucralose (splenda) as the sweetener of the future sent to earth by the gentle flapping of angels wings. The second excerpt takes a more journalistic medical approach. The third is from a Dr. who is staunchly opposed to splenda and has a book out called Sweet deception. I’ll let you decide…is it safe to eat sucralose (splenda)? Is it silly to worry since it is in everything-could it be a good dietary tool, helping us avoid sugar? Or do we need to rethink it after educating ourselves?

1.What is sucralose made of?

Sucralose is derived from sugar through a patented, multi-step process that selectively substitutes three chlorine atoms for three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule. The tightly bound chlorine atoms create a molecular structure that is exceptionally stable. Click here for the full PDF

2.The Rebuttal (In Part) From Medicine Net
A lot of the controversy surrounding sucralose stems from the fact that it was discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. The claim that it is made from sugar is a misconception about the final product. According to the book Sweet Deception, sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature.

3.Do You Really Believe These People Are Going to Protect You?

Please consider that the only organizations between you and potentially toxic side effects are the FDA and the manufacturers of sucralose (Tate & Lyle) and of Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals).

The FDA has a long standing history of ineffective screening and rampant conflict of interests as demonstrated in their inability to identify Vioxx as too dangerous to be on the market. This mistake costs 55,000 people their lives.

Now the point I want you to understand here, because it is really important, is that Splenda is not a drug and is only a food additive. As such the number of studies required to receive FDA approval is substantially less than drug. Vioxx had an order of magnitude of more comprehensive clinical trials than Splenda ever did, and despite this rigorous approval process it still killed 55,000 people. See The Whole Article Here

In the end these things aren’t even recognized by my spell check never mind the body as a natural food source. Jack Lalanne said 50 years ago- “If man made it-don’t eat it.” I for one will try to take Jack’s advice from now on with this one.

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  1. Littles Reply

    If you look at the ingredients in Pedialight, the stuff doctors recommend for vomiting and diarrhea
    in babies and infants, sucralose is listed. It’s in the drink and the popsicles.
    It makes the product painfully, oddly sweet. People who are sensetive i.e allergic to sucralose have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Perfect solution.

  2. Littles Reply

    babies and infants…need coffee.

  3. Mark Lee Reply

    Thanks for the info Littles! seems to me that childrens bodies, because thay are smaller would also be less tolerant to a ‘normal’ amount of these artificial sweeteners. Especially on a completely empty system like in the case of someone who has been vomiting and such, and not eating…

  4. Tim Gagne Reply

    HA! And Splenda is what’s recommended by the ADA for people with diabetes!

    BTW my father (who has diabetes) got off his meds after switching to Paleo. Furthermore, he just had a physical (blood work) and his cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, and body weight all dramatically improved. So much so that he will soon be off of his cholesterol meds too!

    Not bad for just 5 weeks of eating real food!

  5. Tim Gagne Reply

    Mark,
    Are u gonna be @ the 1 o’clock today? Nicole and I are going then.
    Sarah,
    We hope you’re there, too! And the girls!!!

  6. Mark Lee Reply

    Thats awesome Tim-Yes see you at 1!

  7. Littles Reply

    Right Mark, since small ones can’t tell you if the drink hurts their stomach, you have no way of knowing if they’re still vomiting from the flu, or from the stuff that’s supposed to hydrate them.
    But it sure does make unkowing parents buy more. it’s all about money.

  8. Littles Reply

    Tim, that is so cool.

  9. Richard Reply

    Good advice from jack “grand daddy of fitness” lalanne! Mark, I hope you got at least 34 pullups on your 1st round this afternoon

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