May 4, 2012
Does Splenda harm unborn babies?
A new project aims to warn women about "pseudo-scientific" studies on food.
The Women for Food Freedom project is overseen by the Independent Women's Forum. Julie Gunlock is project director and serves as a senior fellow covering food regulations and culture issues.
"We really want to focus on some of these sort of pseudo-scientific reports that have come out and warn women that these things are often baseless," she says. "The facts, the science is completely dubious. We want to warn them about these reports and say look -- this is not true. Don't worry about it. Talk to your own doctor."
One study of late involves the artificial sweetener, Splenda.
"This latest report is coming out of a very questionable Italian public policy institute, and they're warning that Splenda may harm unborn babies," Gunlock cites. "When you look at the details, though, of the study, the research was done on rats, where they were injecting massive quantities of this product into rats. I don't know of any humans that are consuming that much Splenda."
She relates with pregnant women and recognizes that they are more cautious. When she was pregnant, for example, she avoided fish because of the mercury. But two years later, a report blamed scary reports for causing women to completely avoid any kind of fish product. As a result, they were missing Omega-3 fatty acids and other things that help brain development in children.
Gunlock concludes that these types of studies and warnings are unnecessary and harmful to industries. "These companies employ people, and when messages are put out there like this, this can hurt business," she contends.
Contact: Chris Woodward