The New Unicorn - Sucrose Chloride in Splenda®

It seems that as time goes on, more confusion arises about the safety of chlorine in Splenda, why it is toxic, and why the chlorine in Splenda is different from the chloride in table salt. I am writing this article to set the record straight about chlorine, chloride, table salt, Splenda, and the various chlorine compounds. Not everyone is a chemist; for that matter, not everyone passed basic chemistry. So I will make this Splenda chemistry lesson as enjoyable as I can.

All chemists are different - or I should say that they apply chemistry differently. I am a geologist, so I apply chemistry to the many compounds that exist in nature, particularly those in rocks and minerals. A biological chemist sees the world through the chemical combinations of elements that come to life inside a living organism, and those combinations change, morph, and evolve in so many different ways. A NASA chemist uses his chemistry skills in environments unlike the Earth's - so chemistry means really different things to an astrophysicist.

My point - not everyone will interpret chlorines and chlorides exactly the same. To apply chemistry to the chlorine in Splenda is as if we are creating a new compound for the sole purpose of marketing a sugar-free product that doesn't, and shouldn't, exist - sucrose chloride . There is no such thing. It's the new unicorn. We want to see it, but it's just NOT THERE.

The safety of chlorine in Splenda is a fantasy that people are trying to make real. Typically when you combine chlorine and another element you create a chloride. There are 3 atoms of chlorine inserted into a sugar molecule in order to make Splenda. However, in Splenda, the chlorine and sucrose (sugar) do not combine to make a chloride - they just don't. The chlorine in Splenda remains chlorine; uncombined, gaseous chlorine. So, what you get is chlorinated sugar, and this is not good.

The chlorine in Splenda is NOT healthy because its existence is totally created (forced is a better word) by man, it is a substance that is not real (especially not real to the body), it is not a healthy compounded chloride, and it does not exist as anything more than a chemical concoction from a lab beaker. Sucralose/Splenda is not natural in any way. I recommend never eating or drinking chlorine because chlorine has been proven to cause cancer. Consuming Splenda is no safer than consuming chlorinated tap water, pool water or aquarium water.

Chlorine is a natural element on our Periodic Table of Elements, but chlorine is not meant to be consumed as an isolated element - it is poisonous. Chlorides, such as potassium chloride, calcium chloride or sodium chloride (table salt), on the other hand, are safe to consume. Isolated chlorine atoms are not meant to be eaten. And just because an element is on the Periodic Table, doesn't mean it is safe to consume. For example, we don't eat krypton, lead, or radon, which are all elements on the Periodic Table. And again, in the Splenda molecule called sucralose, chlorine does not combine with sucrose to form sucrose chloride. Nope. The chlorine remains chlorine, and is released as gaseous chlorine when broken down.

So, my main point here is that sucrose (sugar) and chlorine never do combine in Splenda. There is NOT a "sucrose chloride compound" anywhere. Sucralose is a toxic, man-made concoction where chlorine remains chlorine, and this is making people sick.

On pages 14-15 in my book on Splenda, Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not?, I discovered and published the chemical formula for sucralose (Splenda). The manufacturers used chemicals such as benzene, toluene, lithium chloride (ooops, there' s a chloride compound), and a list of other nasty chemicals to "insert" chlorine into the sugar molecule (to take the place of 3 atoms of sugar, thereby significantly reducing the calories).

Again, this DOES NOT create a "sucrose chloride", which simply does NOT exist, but, rather, it makes a chlorinated sugar molecule. This process simply houses the chlorine, a known carcinogen, artificially inserted into a sugar molecule and forced to remain there. When digested and released inside the body, the chlorine releases as gaseous chlorine - again, a proven carcinogen.

Splenda (sucralose), therefore, is not natural, nor is it a safe form of ingestible chlorine. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SUCROSE CHLORIDE - unless you believe in unicorns!

OK, let's do some basic chemistry (this will be painless)....

Chlorine is an element found in nature and, as I mentioned before, one of the elements on the Periodic Table. When chlorine is combined with another element, it becomes a chloride (with a D) and when combined with other elements, it does not retain its gaseous state. Chlorine (with a N) is always looking to hook-up with another atom of some kind, and is rarely found as an isolated form in nature. This "gassy need" to combine with another element creates all kinds of neat and different compounds, such as sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and magnesium chloride. Most of these "natural" compounds are healthy and safe (actually all of them are, but there is typically a rebel in every crowd). Chlorine (broken down in the body from a natural chloride state) is actually beneficial for liver detoxification.

For some odd reason, chlorine/ is NOT attracted to sucrose (sugar), so it does not combine with it. So nowhere is the compound, sucrose chloride, naturally found. It exists in Splenda because humans have unnaturally forced this combination, and they use many toxic chemicals during this process.

A common example of a natural chlorine/chloride compound is table salt. Sodium combined with chlorine becomes table salt - not sodium chlorine, but sodium chloride with a D - a nutrient used by the body for numerous functions. Various chlorides (see above) are trace minerals used and needed by the body for healthy body function - but NOT chlorine. Chlorine (with a N) is neither a trace nutrient nor a supplement the safely body uses in an isolated form. The body uses chlorine in a combined D form as chlorides.

By all means avoid eating or drinking any ISOLATED chlorine molecules, i.e. chlorinated sugar molecules. So, here lies the problem. Remember that Splenda contains chlorine, and not a chloride compound. And sucrose (sugar) and chlorine DO NOT combine anywhere in nature. There is no such thing as "sucrose chloride", and this presents the biggest issue concerning the chlorine in Splenda. Let me say it again - it is a unicorn. As much as we'd like to believe the fantasy that this sweetener is perfectly safe, natural and healthy, it is not. And the point confusing most everyone is the fact that the chlorine in Splenda is still chlorine - it is not a chloride. And this is where its toxicity originates.

Be cautious when comparing a natural compound to a man-made, adulterated one. Yes, Splenda contains chlorine. Yes, chlorine combines with other elements to form healthy compounds. No, the chlorine in Splenda does not compound into a chloride with sucrose. No, there is no such thing as sucrose chloride, and, yes, what you are looking at is toxic chlorine in Splenda.

As I write in Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not?, chlorine hasn't changed - man's use of it has. Chlorine is a chemical whose time has really passed. We never dreamed that chlorine would be used to the point that it is today. And we never dreamed that it would be dropped into our food supply to the degree it has been today. Most of us have grown up with various chlorine products, and we feel comfortable and safe consuming chlorides (with a D), like sodium chloride found in table salt. But don't confuse the natural forms of chlorine/chloride with manufactured forms, and do not assume the chlorine in Splenda is safe, like you think of natural salt.

OK. Now, let's advance one more step into the world of Splenda and chlorine. Because the sugar and the chlorine are together in one molecule, they do NOT form a chloride, they form a chlorocarbon. The carbon in the sugar and the chlorine together form a chlorine-containing carbon compound. So, Splenda is NOT a sucrose chloride but a chlorocarbon, and chlorocarbons mutate and are harmful to the environment and to all plant and animal life. That means, you too, human.

Sucralose is also an organochlorine (with an N), which is a combination of chlorine and organic substances. Pesticides, plastics, paints, dyes, medications, deodorants, bleaching agents, refrigerants, wood preservatives, and cleaning solvents, just to list a few, are common examples of organochlorines. Now there's Splenda.

So, chemically, Splenda is not a lot of things - it is not a natural form of chlorine, it is not a chloride compound, and it is not natural in any way. But it is an organochlorine and a chlorocarbon - both carcinogenic chlorine compounds.

I spent two years researching and writing my book Splenda: Is It Safe Or Not?, and within the pages of this book, I cite research studies on the harmful effects of chlorine, I explain the differences between healthy and harmful chloride compounds, and I present detailed information about the chlorine found in Splenda, unhappily locked away in a forced-marriage molecule with sucrose.

For now, put away the Splenda and stop looking for those unicorns.


Posted July 2008 | Permanent Link

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