Artificial Sweetener: Sucralose

Artificial Sweetener: Sucralose

by Rich Franklin

It is nearly impossible to avoid artificial sweeteners in our
modern world. They are in virtually every “Low Carb” or “Diet” food and drink on
the market, but you may be surprised by some of the other products in which you
find them. Of the many artificial sweeteners, sucralose is one of the most
popular, and can be found in an array of processed foods like baking mixes,
salad dressings, jelly, chewing gum, or even common household items such as
mouthwash or toothpaste.

There are many versions of artificial sweeteners, but let’s
focus on sucralose.  It was discovered by
accident in a lab while trying to develop an insecticide. The chemical name of
sucralose is way above my pay grade, but simply put it is a manipulated sugar
molecule bonded with a few chlorine atoms. However, the sugar portion of
sucralose is manipulated in such a way that it is no longer naturally occurring,
and your body lacks the enzymes to digest it properly. Combine that with
chlorine and you have an organochlorine.

Organochlorines can be found in pesticides, Freon, plastics
and many household cleaners. We are environmentally exposed to more than we
realize, and they can be extremely damaging simply by contact, let alone
ingesting them.  FDA reports show small
percentages of sucralose will actually metabolize. Common sense tells me
metabolizing a chemical similar in structure to a pesticide (DDT for example) is
not good for the body…no matter how small the percentage. Organochlorines have
been associated with such things as blocking sex hormones, several types of
cancer, infertility, and this list could go on. They are fat-soluble and
accumulate in tissues high in fat such as the brain, and are believed to store
there permanently…compounding with exposure over time. If you would like more information on this
subject, check out “Sweet Deception” by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
The bottom line is that many people believe they are eating
healthy when they choose a food with the label “low carb,” “low fat,” or “diet.”
There are many ways to label a food “healthy”. Know that a packet of Splenda
contains 4 calories (from the manipulated sugar portion), but can be listed as
zero since if is less than 5 calories. Between the chemistry of this product and
the nutritional value, in my opinion it is better to allow yourself a little
real sugar than the alternative. We all know sugar should be limited in our
nutrition, so products like sucralose do not give us an excuse to forgo the
discipline to control cravings. My advice is to make informed decisions, and try
to eliminate sucralose as much as possible if not eliminating it completely.

Stay informed,
Rich

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