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Old 06-30-2006, 06:27 AM   #1
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Splenda and Pregnancy???

I was just wondering does anyone know if if is ok to have splenda while pregnant?? Not pregnant yet but we are discussing it and my favorite soft drink has splenda in it. I avoid the traditional "diet" drinks while pregnant but don't know about splenda.

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Old 06-30-2006, 06:36 AM   #2
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Re: Splenda and Pregnancy???

I have no idea, sorry. But my 1st pregnancy I cut WAY down on diet soft drinks, but didn't cut them out entirely. I think in moderation it should be fine. But I also would drink 1 cup of coffee a day while pregnant too. Splenda is pretty natural, at least.

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Old 06-30-2006, 06:51 AM   #3
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Re: Splenda and Pregnancy???

www.mercola.com has some very interesting things about splenda.....and some scarey things.
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Old 06-30-2006, 07:03 AM   #4
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www.mercola.com has some very interesting things about splenda.....and some scarey things.
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I was going to say the same thing. We don't eat it now or if I were pregnant.
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:53 AM   #5
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Re: Splenda and Pregnancy???

I don't really consume Splenda any time either - but I have been told that during pg it's OK (I think it was by a doc).
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:03 AM   #6
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I was told it was ok and did have it in my occasional coffee while preg. with DD.
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Re: Splenda and Pregnancy???

It was on my list of things to avoid ~ ob gives them out at the first visit. I am a health freak when pregnant, wish I could stay that way.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:26 PM   #8
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Ok, so after looking at that website I am WAY less likely to be having it now... it's tricky because I get hypoglycemia and Splenda seems not to cause it. Isn't anything safe to eat?
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Re: Splenda and Pregnancy???

From my organic chemistry classes in college when we looked at splenda, among other artifical sweetners, it is different becuase it isn't an artificial sweetner .... well I can explain the long way or the shorter version (less scientific) but the short version is that splenda is like those type of keys many people use for the their front door locks. It would fit in other doors but not turn to open and unlock the door.
Splenda has the same chemical composition (everything organic and inorganic has a chemical composition so don't get nervous becuase of the word chemical) as table sugar. Its made up of a 6 carbon hydro-carbon chain with single bonds and alcohol groups attached (OH which are oxygen and hydrogen) They can attached to the right or left side (this is really just how we name them, in real life the molecules are of course 3-d .. but for drawing purposes). In the case of sugar and splenda they are indentical except for one of the OH groups is reversed ... meaning its on the other side. I can't remember for the life of me right now which one but I think its on the carbon number 5 (that's what my husband is saying) I don't remember if in sugar it is on the right and in splenda on the left or vise-versa
The reason you can cook with it and that it tastes the same but that it doesn't cause your hypoglycemia (I feel ya there ) is that to your tongue its sugar but to the enzymes that need to break down the sugar for your body it use it... it doesn't fit. For the enzymes its like a lock and key ... so back to that key .... the key doesn't turn the lock, just like the enzymes can't unlock, or turn on so to say the splenda.
That's why your tongue thinks sugar and your body thinks .... never mind (i.e. doesn't afect your insulin)
I did look briefly at the website mentioned however I know there are many opinions by people on the web (look at this site for instance)
All doctors take an oath to help ... not that they always manage it but I would give them the benefit of the doubt.
Of course anything even water taken in high enough amount can be dangerous (in the case of water even life threatening) and even though we are talking about sugar, my I say politely that possibly a grain of salt would be appropriate to this discussion as well. You might consider some more reasearching before giving it up al together.
That said I did use it without problems during my pregnancy, which was a lot better than the alternative for me (if using sugar or honey etc) of suffering from larges decreases and increases of blood sugar, which have shown to be harmful to a developing baby.

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I am not a doctor. After finishing my premed classes I decided to go a different way. Your doctor or possibly a few well known biochemist would be of the most help in this situation. I know of one at the university of Texas Tech that studies extensively drugs, toxicans, food etc tranference through breastmilk ... it is possible that he studies prenatal transference as well.

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i wouldnt but thats me. im told its fine but i dont trust it, especially pregnant. and i think it tastes nasty anyway lol. goodluck researching
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