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Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health Hardcover – November 7, 2006

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About the Author

Dr. Joseph Mercola is trained as a family physician but now focuses exclusively on natural medicine education. He has been interviewed by the major television networks and dozens of nationally broadcast radio shows. His website,, is the leading natural health site on the Internet.


Kendra Degen Pearsall, N.M.D., is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (a primary care physician specializing in natural medicine) who graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of six Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) accredited, four-year naturopathic medical schools in North America.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (November 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785221794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785221791
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Mercola is a board certified family physician that has treated 25,000 patients from around the world. He encourages and educates people about safe and inexpensive nutritional, lifestyle and exercise options to radically reduce their risk of dying prematurely from dangerous drugs and surgeries. He is also the founder of which has been the most visited natural health site on the internet for the last ten years with over 15 million unique visitors every month.

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181 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For probably all of my adult life or at least since college, I have been enamored with green tea. I drank generous amounts bottled ice teas any time I ventured into a convenience store. Arizona was my brand because they were the ones offering a veritable cornucopia of iced tea products from the sweet and well-known fruit teas (my favorite was peach) to the more exotic teas that I had never heard of such as black tea. When I tried their green tea, I was hooked. Later on as I jumped on the no-carb bandwagon and became searching for zero calorie drinks, they satisfied this junkies cravings with what would become my lifeblood for many years to come, diet green tea.

Each bottle of diet green had a peculiar label on it that I never paid much attention to. The tag read in large friendly letters, "Made with Splenda." I figured with the FDA around it really didn't matter what the heck Splenda was, I felt confident that if it was in my diet green tea, then it had to be good. Around this time I noticed copious amounts of the individual sweetener packets in my mothers kitchen where the sugar and the Sweet N Low used to be. My mother and all of the other yenta's that frequented our abode would rave about the wonders of Splenda over any number of pastries or bagels. My mother to this day sings its praises as a dietary wonder product.

What fools we have been! According to osteopathic physician and surgeon, Dr. Joseph Mercola and Naturopathic Medical Doctor Kendra Degen Pearsall, authors of the new book, "Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health," Splenda is about as safe as ingesting DDT (no, not Jake Roberts wrestling finisher, the poisonous pesticide).
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns VINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a book that will educate you on the dangers of Sweet and Low, NutraSweet , and Splenda look no further, this book lays out all known and proven dangers for these sweeteners. The reason they are free of all calories in there pure form is that they are not carbohydrates or food at all, they are chemicals. There chemical names are saccharine, aspartame, and sucralose. They are made through chemistry by binding molecules to create new chemicals. NutraSweet is 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% wood alcohol (which your body metabolizes as formaldehyde). Splenda is made from chemically altering the sucrose molecule by chlorinating it which changes the molecule from a fructo-glucose molecule into a fructo-galactose molecule and puts it the insecticide family of organochlorines. Splenda is the only organochlorine that is consumed, it was discovered in a lab during an experiment with new insecticides. It is in the same chemical class as DDT and PCBs. The author contends that the FDA approves these harmful chemicals for general use due to its conflicts of interest with the food industry. The author recommends eating a diet of as much whole foods as possible and avoiding artificial sweeteners and sugar. Stevia was recommended as a natural sweetener. I have been using stevia for years and love it. This book is packed with easy to understand information that will change your eating habits. I highly recommend.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Jennings on January 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are someone who puts artificial sweetener in your coffee or tea, drinks diet soda, chews gum, eats anything 'sugar free' or 'no sugar added' or any other type of low calorie food WHATSOEVER, then you need to do yourself a huge favor read this book. It is an excellent whistle blowing tell-all about the real relationships of the FDA, the food manufacturers (that make the garbage the we are ingesting), the lobbyists that represent them and what these horrible TOXINS called artificial sweeteners are doing to us physically and mentally. I read this book in a 24 hour period because I could not put it down!! This book gives real meaning to the term 'truth is stranger than fiction'. I am probably the typical American consumer, having a morning cup of coffee with Splenda, a diet coke (or two) at lunch, then maybe a low calorie desert on occassion. I am not overweight, in fact I am at my 'ideal' weight, yet I suffer from exhaustion, depression, anxiety, muscle spasms, headaches, you name it. So what is it that is making me feel this way?? It is the 'poison' that I have been ingesting for YEARS because, like you, I was told it was 'safe' by the very people who approved its safety (the FDA) and the people who manufacture it. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor, get this book, read it, and pass it on to someone you love!!
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By R. Bianchi on November 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Folks, what the sweetener industry does not want you to know is they are shortening YOUR life, at their PROFIT, with BAD FOR YOU sweeteners that are NOT "all natural" like cane and beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol distilled sweetners (polyols, that cause dirreaha and CANCER) and the latest chemical nail in YOUR coffin branded SPLENDA (sucralose) which is highly TOXIC and not 'just like sugar' as claimed, it's POISON!

Drs. Joe Mercola and Kendra Pearsall prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, how utterly corrupt and criminal the FDA approval process is for Big Sugar, and in this case, Tate and Lyle, which dates back to the slaves to grow sugar to make molasses and rum to buy more slaves EVIL triangle, of the first 4 centuries in New World empire building, on the blood of fellow humans, and is still thriving.

Folks, little has change in reality, the large sweetener producers of the globe, in bed with bribed (or what is now called "lobbying")governments, are still exploiting your health, and taking your money, for their profits.

Medically and health-wise speaking, you do not need to consume ANY of these horrifically bad for you products. Just Say NO!!! Improve your health and keep YOUR hard earned money.

Sweet Deception is a landmark book that should be read by every friend and family member you care about and/or love.

I can think of no better stocking stuffer, birthday gift, anniversary gift, special occasion gift, or no reason at all gift, than this wonderful, factual, and superbly documented book!!! This is 2006's answer to Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'.

Remember, the FDA is NOT looking out for you at ALL, and this book demonstrates the overwhelming evidence to support that assertion.
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