These days, the hidden chemicals in the diet sweeteners are taking a quiet backseat to all the COVID publicity. But, that doesn’t mean their adverse health effects have gone away.
People are still using Splenda and aspartame. And, they are still having health reactions.
Sucralose (marketed as Splenda in the USA) became a “low-calorie sugar“after undergoing a complicated manufacturing process in a UK “sugar lab.” Here’s Splenda’s chemical formula:
Basically, sucralose (Splenda) is marketed as a simple benign sugar with a touch of chlorine, but you might disagree when you learn the other chemicals used to make it.
They use a complex process involving dozens of chemicals that you and I can barely pronounce – let alone consume. I have listed below the actual manufacturing process for producing this diet sweetener. I highlighted the “chemicals used” in bold.
According to the Splenda International Patent A23L001-236 and PEP Review #90-1-4 (July 1991), sucralose is synthesized by this five-step process:
1. sucrose is tritylated with trityl chloride in the presence of dimethylformamide and 4–methylmorpholine and the tritylated sucrose is then acetylated with acetic anhydride,
2. the resulting TRISPA (6,1′,6′-tri-O-trityl-penta-O-acetylsucrose) is chlorinated with hydrogen chloride in the presence of toluene,
3. the resulting 4-PAS (sucrose 2,3,4,3′,4′-pentaacetate) is heated in the presence of methyl isobutyl ketone and acetic acid,
4. the resulting 6-PAS (sucrose 2,3,6,3′,4′-pentaacetate) is chlorinated with thionyl chloride in the presence of toluene and benzyltriethylammonium chloride, and
5. the resulting TOSPA (sucralose pentaacetate) is treated with methanol (wood alcohol, a poison) in the presence of sodium methoxide to produce sucralose.
The Hidden Chemicals
The chemicals used to synthesize sucralose in the five-step process (above) are more than just simple benign sugar with a touch of chlorine. So, the chemicals used to make sucralose (Splenda) are:
- Acetic acid
- Acetyl alcohol
- Acetic anhydride
- Ammonium chloride
- Chlorinated sulfates
- Ethyl alcohol
- Isobutyl ketones
- Hydrogen chloride
- Lithium chloride
- Sodium methoxide
- Sulfuryl chloride
- Trityl chloride
- Thionyl chloride
It’s time to admit that there is no free ticket to eating all the sugar-free products you desire without paying a high price of harming your body in the long run. Laboratory chemicals are not the sugar-free solution to health and wellness.
These chemicals certainly don’t sound very appetizing to me.
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