Hey Chelle! I get this question quite often. There is a difference between eating to be healthy and eating to be lean. Some competitors will choose to eat Splenda over the natural low cal sweeteners because of the carbs that the natural varieties add to their food. Yes, Splenda is a chemical and has been processed but there are not enough studies to show that it is harmful. It's really a personal choice because many feel that with the junk that they have finally eliminated from their diet, it is certainly the lesser of evils. Personally, I no longer compete, so I try and use more of the natural stuff, just out of personal preference but when out and about, I will typically opt for Splenda over other options offered. Hope that answers your question! :)
It does, thank you!! My 19 year old daughter and I are making our foray into the competition world this fall (bikini for her, figure for me), and I can see the benefit a product like Splenda has in a competition diet, but wondered if it was justifiable. I appreciate hearing your viewpoint on it. :-)
Sure thing, Chelle! I love that you and your daughter are both doing it!! That's the coolest!!! I really can't wait to see the results! I hope you'll keep me posted!