In the search for low-calorie alternatives to sugar, the synthetic chemical sucralose has quickly surpassed aspartame (Equal) and saccharin (Sweet-n-Low) to become the #1 selling sweetener in the United States. Brands are now adding sucralose to just about everything from chewing gum to protein powders, soft drinks and energy bars.
How much do we really know about this artificial sweetener? Is it really safe to consume on a daily basis?
History: Sucralose was first discovered by a group of scientists researching new insecticides at King’s College, London. They created it in the lab by ‘bleaching’ sugar molecules, seeking to enhance the pesticide effect of chlorine. They were hoping that pests would be attracted to the artificial sweetness, which is 600 times sweeter than sugar. This process created what would later be trademarked as Splenda.
Proof: While the manufacturers of sucralose and their double-agents in the FDA claim it is completely safe to consume a chlorinated insecticide, several studies, including a Duke University study, show that Splenda can kill friendly bacteria in the intestines.
So the question is, should you and your family consume an insecticide known to be dangerous to living organisms? Absolutely not. We recommend avoiding sucralose and consuming only moderate amounts of 100% natural sweeteners to satisfy your cravings.
The following are some low-glycemic sugar alternatives:
- Maple Syrup