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•  The Washington Post reports that "a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism by a group of Yale researchers found that the consumption of the common artificial sweetener sucralose (which is found in Splenda, Zerocal, Sukrana, SucraPlus and other brands) in combination with carbohydrates can swiftly turn a healthy person into one with high blood sugar.

"From whole grain English muffins to reduced-sugar ketchup, sucralose is found in thousands of baked goods, condiments, syrups and other consumer packaged goods — almost all of them containing carbs.  The finding, which researchers noted has yet to be replicated in other studies, raises new questions about the use of artificial sweeteners and their effects on weight gain and overall health."

“Sucralose has been proven safe in more than 110 well-executed scientific studies over 25 years, and is supported by the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, and by food-safety regulatory bodies around the world,” said Ted Gelov, chief executive of Heartland Food Products Group, which owns Splenda.

At the moment, too much Splenda in our diets seems like such a tiny problem…