Zero Calorie Skinny Water Uses Artificial Chemical Sweetener Splenda
When sent a box of Skinny Water, I became suspicious of this product's marketing because use the word "skinny" in its title. Of course, drinking a flavored water will not make you thin, but I also don't think the company is trying to make this claim; however, flavors have names like "crave control" and "shape", and they include health fad foods like goji berries. Skinny Water comes in six flavors:
My concern with Skinny Water is its use of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose). The safety of this artificial sweetener
has come into question. Women to Women
The FDA has no definition for "natural," so please bear with us for a biochemistry moment:
On the other side of the argument are responsible experts who say that Splenda is unsafe -- the latest in a succession of artificial sweeteners that claim at first to be healthy, only later to be proven to be full of side effects. These authorities say that Splenda has more in common with DDT than with food....
Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound stumbled upon in 1976 by scientists in Britain seeking a new pesticide formulation. It is true that the Splenda molecule is comprised of sucrose (sugar) -- except that three of the hydroxyl groups in the molecule have been replaced by three chlorine atoms.
I found nothing wrong with the flavor of Skinny Water, but I don't think that people trying to lose weight need to sacrifice their health by using artificial sweeteners. Natural sweeteners may be used in moderation with a healthy, whole foods diet and exercise as part of any sensible weight loss plan. Besides, artificial sweeteners are turning up in our waterways and drinking water causing much concern for our health and the environment.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at February 19, 2010 1:40 AM