Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry is another zero calories drink sweetened with sucralose that you may think is good for weight loss. But before you decide, read about side-effects of sucralose in this Weight Loss article. How you do like this: “Sucralose has been implicated as a possible migraine trigger, for example. Self-reported adverse reactions to Splenda or sucralose collected by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center include skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain.”
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The diagram looks like a warning sign: Too many red segments. A bottle of Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry will put you at chemical risk of DDFI = 30/17 ~ 1.8 and will give you almost no nutritional value: DDNF = 17/43 ~ 0.4.
My spectrophotometer was not strong enough to detect the tiny amounts of Yellow 5 and Blue 1 artificial colors, a combination of which gives the beverage its light-green look implying presence of kiwifruit. This is good news because the smaller amount of the artificial dyes, the less are chances that it will develop hives or asthma in sensitive people. For this reason Kiwi Strawberry is a little less risky than Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry. Bad news is that although kiwi juice concentrate is listed among the ingredients, its amount is perhaps close to nothing that is just enough to claim presence of the fruit. The other ingredients include:
- Chlorinated sugar (sucralose). Read article Propel Zero: Sucralose is not a solution for more detail. See also what The Potential Dangers of Sucralose (Splenda) are. Sucralose is a synthetic chemical that was originally cooked up in a laboratory from sugar (sucrose). In the five-step patented process of making sucralose, three oxygen atoms are substituted by three chlorine atoms in sugar molecule. Between 2000 and 2004, the percentage of US households using Splenda products jumped from 3 to 20 percent. In a one year period, Splenda sales topped $177 million compared with $62 million spent on aspartame-based Equal and $52 million on saccharin-based Sweet ‘N Low. “Low–sugar” is the successor to the “low–carb” craze, even though they are essentially the same thing. So be ready for more reports on adverse health reactions to Splenda (sucralose). Also see why “Splenda Essentials” is Target of Lawsuit
- Potassium benzoate
- Vitamins B group. This is another example of how a good thing (vitamin) can be easily converted to evil by aggressive marketing and its acceptance by ignorant public. Vitamins B are now chasing you in so many drinks so you better be ready for possible vitamin poisoning or milder adverse effects. See the relevant articles: Vitamin E Pills May Raise, Not Lower, Prostate Cancer Risk and New study sees little need for vitamins, cites risks.
Bottom line. Long-term health effects of consuming sucralose (chlorinated sugar) are unknown. By drinking or eating sucralose (Splenda) sweetened products you are agreeing to conduct life-time toxicology experiment on yourself and/or on your children. It is your (not the FDA!) responsibility to protect yourself and your family. Consider the following safer alternatives for the weight loss: Fight obesity with SREAZ; Top 5 Summertime Zero Calorie Beverages; 7 No Calorie, All-Natural Drinks. Keep hydrated and satisfied with these naturally flavored beverages. No need to calculate calories on any of them!
Hydrate Yourself Straight!