Essay about Dangers of Splenda

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Alex Kalman

Topic: Why sugar substitutes are dangerous for your health

Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience that sugar substitutes aren’t really what the general public think they are and can be potentially unsafe for your body

Thesis: Overall, recent studies have shown that sugar substitutes isn’t and can cause potential health problems.


I. How many times have you gone to the condiment bar of an eating establishment and reached for the Splenda or Sweet N Low because you are on a diet and you think that real sugar will add a few pounds. (Attention Getter)

II. Since I work in the food industry, this debate whether sugar substitutes are really that much better for you than real sugar is something
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F. According to another research team at Princeton University, you should have a little bit of food containing real sugar when sugar cravings act up. Psychology professor Bart Hoebel indicates that too much dependence on artifical sugars will cause weight gain and obesity. The best you can do is stay away from having too much of any food that is artificially sweetened, like diet soda or food containing artificial sweeteners. (

Transition: These studies and more are showing that these sweetners can make you gain weight and low amounts of real sugar are a better alternative.

II. A. Not only can these sweeteners make you gain weight, but over time they could potentially hurt your body. Here is a list of the popular sugar substitutes and the potential harm they produce: Acesulfame potassium also known as "SweetOne" is 200 times sweeter than sugar, this is often paired with aspartame or sucralose. Known to cause breast tumors in rats. Saccharin also known as Sweet’NLow, is the oldest of the artificial sweeteners and is 300 –700 times sweeter than sugar, The National Cancer Institute found evidence of increased bladder cancer in people who heavily consumed saccharin. The label below is found on toothpaste, gum, and many other products that contain saccharin "USE OF THIS PRODUCT MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH. THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS SACCHARIN WHICH HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO CAUSE CANCER IN LABORATORY

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