Log Cabin Sugar Free Syrup has replaced Splenda with aspartame
What the heck is going on here?
First, I reported to you earlier this week that the Coca-Cola Company has decided to remove the only Splenda-sweetened product they have when they discontinued making Diet Coke with Splenda. Now one of my faithful readers has informed me that Log Cabin has done the same thing with the sugar-free version of their pancake syrup!
Log Cabin Sugar Free Syrup is no longer being made with sucralose, or more popularly known as Splenda. Can you guess what they have replaced it with? Yep, it's aspartame...AGAIN!
The reader who informed me of this change said that both she and her mother are diabetics and have to watch out for sugar products. However, she said they also have to be careful about consuming aspartame because of the side effects it causes.
"Both of us are very sensitive to aspartame. It really gives us gastric distress."
Of course, this product also contains maltitol which can cause those problems in a lot of people. But my reader said they were "very happy" with the Splenda version of the Log Cabin Sugar Free Syrup using it frequently in the foods they ate.
But they said Pinnacle Foods Corporation made the switch to aspartame "without warning."
"As soon as the aspartame distress hit us, we both knew something was going on, and we found the syrup which we both had said tasted a bit off. I thought it was because of my allergies. It does knock off my sense of taste."
She wrote an e-mail to Pinnacle informing them of the "nasty surprise" that awaited them because the Splenda was changed to aspartame seemingly overnight.
Interestingly, a customer service representative responded to my reader's concerns with the following:
We appreciate your interest in Pinnacle Foods Corporation.
The recipe for this product has changed as a result of our continuing efforts to improve Log Cabin® products. Research and Development staff evaluate products and investigate opportunities for improvement on a regular basis. Consumer research is conducted to ensure these modifications are preferred.
Again, thank you for your interest and support of our products.
Ooooookay, is Pinnacle attempting to hoodwink the American people into thinking that most people actually PREFER the taste of aspartame MORE than they like Splenda? Really? I don't know about you but the taste difference between these two sweeteners is like night and day.
Just like the Coke products, Log Cabin uses ACE-K to help bring out the sweet flavor in products like aspartame and sucralose, but a lot of people still prefer Splenda, especially low-carbers who choose to use artificial sweeteners (like me!). With questions about the safety of aspartame (aka Nutrasweet), I'll be sticking with my Splenda products whenever possible.
My reader was concerned that other people would experience a similar shock if they tried to purchase this product, which is why I always say READ THE LABELS for the ingredients in the products you consume. It's so very important.
"I hope you will warn people of this change. I would hate for someone to end up like my Mother or me, or worse if they are more sensitive to it."
You can share your displeasure with Pinnacle about their decision to remove Splenda from their Log Cabin Sugar Free Syrup by sending them your comments through their consumer contact page.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a great-tasting, NON-aspartame-sweetened, sugar-free syrup, might I suggest the following from some of the top low-carb retailers today, including CarbSmart, LO-CARB U, Low-Carb Connoisseur, and Viva Low-Carb:
See, you don't have to just SETTLE for aspartame in the products you desire. But you do need to stop purchasing products from companies that make the brilliant decision to take Splenda out of their products. There's no need to whine when we can effect change with our dollars instead.
It's okay to let companies like Coke and Pinnacle know that we'll be taking our business elsewhere if they won't give us the products that we want. And that's exactly what I intend to do. Anyone with me?