The site constantly harps on the fact that Splenda is a "chlorinated compound." But so is table salt! Just because an element is toxic, that does not make its compounds harmful. They use scaremongering, conspiracy-inferring statements about how there are over 3,500 products using Splenda "and none of them say the product contains chlorine." Hmm, I do not recall ever reading about chlorine in the ingredient list of a product including salt. It isn't listed because a "chlorinated compound" is not the same thing as chlorine. Hydrogen is flammable--it's the chief fuel of the sun and indeed the entire universe. Water contains hydrogen, so is water flammable? Of course not. Likewise, my can of Campbell's soup doesn't list hydrogen or oxygen as ingredients.
Here is a typical statement from the site:
Fiction: The chlorine found in Splenda is similar to that found in other foods we eat.
Fact: The manufacturer of Splenda claims that chlorine is naturally present in such foods as lettuce, mushrooms and table salt, but they never directly state that eating Splenda is the same as eating these foods. Remember, Splenda is not a natural substance, it is an artificial chemical sweetener manufactured by adding three chlorine atoms to a sugar molecule. And again, because there have been no long-term human studies on Splenda to determine the potential health effects on people, no one can say with certainty that the substance is safe to eat.
First of all, the Splenda people "never directly state that eating Splenda is the same as eating these foods" because obviously Splenda is not the same as lettuce, mushrooms, or table salt for many reasons. The sugar producers couldn't possibly claim that eating sugar is "the same" as eating lettuce, either. Then they ominously warn that "Splenda is not a natural substance." If you stop to think about how many substances in food are not natural, you will see how silly this line of reasoning is. Is high fructose corn syrup a naturally occurring substance? One could argue that refined sugar isn't a truly natural substance, either. Finally, they claim that "no one can say with certainty that the substance is safe to eat." Okay, but for that matter, is sugar safe? It can make you fat. It causes trouble for diabetics. So I wouldn't say it's safe "with certainty" for everybody. The statement is vague and subjective.
That is the type of rhetoric on truthaboutsplenda.com. It is full of scary language and innuendo but lacking in concrete evidence. It's just a front for the sugar lobby and tells no real "truth." Unfortunately, plenty of people will fail to see this for what it is. I would not be surprised to get an e-mail titled "the dangers of chlorinated Splenda" from people like my grandmother who pass along everything they see on the Internet without question.
I'm not declaring whether Splenda is safe or not. I'm just encouraging critical thought and analysis of propaganda masquerading as truth.