Today, we will focus a nutritional error which contributes to weight gain as well as other health problems — the use of Splenda. Myth:

This is an all too common perception. It is also very inaccurate. The process of creating splenda starts with a single sugar molecule called sucrose. Sucrose is commonly known as table sugar. Then, a complex chemical process adds substances such as phosgene. What is phosgene? It is a chemical warfare agent used in World War I and is now used in the production of plastics, pesticides and dyes. Its safety for human consumption has never been studied, needless to say. After this process is completed, a final stage involves three atoms of chlorine which are substituted for the three normally attached hydroxyls(which are hydrogen/oxygen combinations). “But is it safe. It is tested.” Really? There have been only 6 case studies done on humans consuming Splenda for adverse side effects.

How is it made? According to their site, SPLENDA® is the brand name for the ingredient sucralose. It is made through a patented, multi-step process that starts with sugar and converts it to a no calorie, non-carbohydrate sweetener. The process selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. Chlorine is present naturally in many of the foods and beverages that we eat and drink every day ranging from lettuce, mushrooms and table salt. In the case of sucralose, its addition converts sucrose to sucralose, which is essentially inert. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but without sugar’s calories. After consumption, sucralose passes through the body without being broken down for energy, so it has no calories, and the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate.

Only 2 were published and reviewed by the FDA. The study only lasted 4 days and. . . . the only factors monitored were gum and tooth decay, not human tolerance. What is an alternative? Here are 2 — Stevia (also known as Sweetgrass) and honey.