My bag of granulated sucralose shows the primary ingredient as maltodextrin - a simple sugar, not a sugar alcohol. I use liquid sucralose sparingly because the granulated version spikes me. My husband was using the granules until he learned that sucralose is created by replacing three hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine atoms. Chlorine is poison, pure and simple (think of the poison gases used in WWI - the first one they used was chlorine gas).
Chlorine atoms naturally occur in food we eat every day, like salt. The chlorine atoms are not really the problem, although it has been argued that the bonding of carbon with chlorine atoms in Splenda is what makes it unsafe. Not really any evidence for that yet, but that's one of the objections right now.
I should also point out that, with anything toxic, the amount of exposure matters just as much as the substance. For example, many of us use bleach, window cleaners, and detergents that, in large enough quantity, could kill us. The trace amounts we ingest through daily or weekly use are not enough to harm us, though. An excessive amount of water will kill us, too, even though we need it to live and should consume it every day.
Chlorine is poison, pure and simple (think of the poison gases used in WWI - the first one they used was chlorine gas).
I'm forced to vote for the second part - lose the sweet tooth! I don't trust the chemical industry - anything they have a hand in leaves me worried!Side Effects of Splenda or Sucralose are Dangerous and Poisons
Sucralose Side Effects
So I still prefer stevia if needed or have learnt/trained taste buds to enjoy stuff without any sweetener whatsoever.
I'm forced to vote for the second part - lose the sweet tooth! I don't trust the chemical industry - anything they have a hand in leaves me worried!
Yep - this is where the old woodchopper's thoughts went . . . carbon tetrachloride, DDT, etc.Quite true and losing sweet tooth is easy enough easier than trying to deal with unforeseen issues that could creep up as a result of consuming these "Patented For Profits" chemicals. Read it somewhere on Splenda/Sucralose -- bonds holding the carbon and chlorine atoms together are more characteristic of a chlorocarbon than a salt — and most "pesticides" are chlorocarbons.
I do prefer Stevia too. I try not to use it very often, only when I really REALLY need it.