You may have looked at Splenda and thought, “What?” And it would be understandable, because Splenda is sold as a ‘healthy’ sugar substitute. You hear the logo almost every time you turn on the TV – “Tastes like sugar, made from sugar, but it isn’t sugar!” and of course, because sugar has been made such a culprit, if it tastes like sugar but it isn’t sugar, than it must be healthy.
But what got me researching Splenda was the ‘made from sugar’ part. How can something taste like sugar and be made from it, but not be as bad as sugar, which is what they are implying? It’s hard to take in, and it seemed suspicious.
This is what I found.
Splenda is sugar molecule that has been processed 5 times. In three of those processes, chlorine molecules are attached to the sugar because chlorine heightens the sweetness of it. When it is sweeter, the food industries can add less, and so it is cost efficient. One of the other processes attaches methanol, and the other is an attempt to make it indigestible. But in fact, about 15% of Splenda is digested and may be stored in the fat cells and this may have dangerous side effects in the long run, considering that both methanol and chlorine are poisonous.
Did you know that Splenda is not calorie free?
Every packet of Splenda is over 90% bulking agents – sugar being the most prominent. But because the packets contain only 1 gram of Splenda and only 4 calories, it can be called calorie free, because of a loophole in FDA regulation – “The product can be described as sugar-free if a serving contains less than 5 grams of sugar, and calorie free if a serving is less than 5 calories.” [quote from here].
Whether the chlorine and methanol in Splenda poses a threat or not (and I believe it does), we are still dealing with another man-made chemical and chemical process. Anything that has been purposely changed at the molecular or DNA level by chemical processes is not going to be good for us, calories or no calories.
To voluntarily store toxins in the body is to have an early death wish.