Readers Wonder: Are Artificial Sweeteners Killing Me?

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Amy wonders: “I have at least one packet of Splenda a day, usually more like 3 or 4. And their new spray Splenda goes in my iced tea, at like 3 spritzes per glass. I am sort of addicted to it. Is it slowly killing me?

Sucralose (Splenda) as well as aspartame and others, are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration. Still, so was cyclamate until it was banned. How do you feel about making substances with a relatively short culinary track record part of your diet? Sort of like a guinea pig?

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