I am aghast that SPLENDA is now adding a line called "Splenda Essentials" ... attempting to add fiber, vitamin B, and anti-oxidants. If that's not like an oxymoron ... or maybe just "moronic" ... what a bunch of crap!!! And because of what I call "subliminal seduction" in advertising, the lay public EATS IT UP, so to speak! Shame on them. And what quote are they using? "Get more out of your cup of coffee." ... c'mon ... gimme a break! Let's encourage the continuation of bad haibits.
Like him or not, I agree with Richard Simmons when he says "live it", not "DIET" ... change your lifestyle and have quality of life. Having said that, if I'm going to be a "bad" girl, I want to make it worthwhile ... with food - give me all the sugar, all the fizz, all the salt, etc. ... I binge. Of course, I pay for it - but it's like a treat, to be bad once in a while. It has been my experience that people have more problems with "diet" ingredients than they do with just simply drinking or eating too much. "Anything" in excess is unhealthy, but believing that something "diet" is more healthy and gives you justification for drinking or eating those foods, is just plain naaive, or ignorant. I am finally at a place where I've given up some things that are not good for me - like SODA - I went from a 12-pack of Coke in a couple of days to drinking 2 quarts of GOOD water per DAY. I have not quit, but have lessened the amount and frequency, of other foods I know are hard (if not toxic) to my body. I am doing more juicing, to get the foods I need that I don't consume enough of (i.e. veggies). It's amazing how much better I feel just with those kinds of lifestyle changes. I am still working at it. It's tough being raised on things that now have been proven we should not have so much of - old habits die hard, as they say.
"The bottom line is that sugar upsets the body chemistry and suppresses the immune system. Once the immune system becomes suppressed, the door is opened to infectious and degenerative diseases. The stronger the immune system the easier it is for the body to fight infectious and degenerative diseases."---Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.,