A week ago, I quit consuming any sugar, Splenda, or any other sweetener. Most of the sweet in my life came from Splenda. I drink a ridiculous amount of coffee a day, and I put a ridiculous number of packets of Splenda in each coffee. I’m not proud of this, but that’s what it was.
I was (still am) very attached to coffee and the coffee being extremely sweet. Is this an addiction? I suppose part of the definition of an “addiction” is that it has to have a harmful effect on your life. So in that sense, no, it is not an addiction. That’s the tricky thing with Splenda. For me, it had no clear side effects, and there really is no solid science on Splenda being bad for you on a biochemical level. So, there was seemingly no reason to quit it. Still, it was clear that I was consuming a lot more than a couple of packets a day, so over years, it would be tens of thousands of Splenda packets. Science hasn’t shown any negative effects of Splenda. Hundreds of studies were done as part of the FDA approval process and the only negative effects (DNA damage) were seen in mice with extreme doses of sucralose equivalent to 11,450 packets (136 g) per day in a person to DNA damage in mice. I asked a question about it on StackExchange. So science says: Splenda is good to go, even in large amounts. But my instinct says: anything that tastes f’ing great should be consumed in moderation.
By the way, if you look online, you’ll hear a lot of people saying Spelnda is terrible for you. I have looked very carefully, and am yet to find a single case where any kind of science backs up their claims.
The idea to quit was sparked by a friend who made me tea (without sugar) a few times. Just that little thing is all it took to ask myself: “why not quit?” So, I quit by following the same steps I always follow in these situations, whether it’s a serious physical addiction or a mild psychological one:
- Cut it out completely, no exceptions.
- As the picture shows: man the fuck up.
The science on Splenda being good or bad is sparse and inconclusive. Here are some things I’m aware of. Leave sources in the comments if you know of more studies.
My diet at this time is: oatmeal in the morning and chicken and veggies throughout the day. If I’m too busy with work, I’ll eat a bag of almonds, and when travelling will usually go for fruit and the occasional chicken sub from Subway. I eat clean, and eat a lot.