Here's something that we already knew about Splenda, which posed BIG FLAGS for me. Splenda was created accidentally when some chemists were trying to produce an insecticide. Here is the process by which they produce the formula sold in stores:
“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 sucrose molecule TRISPA is chlorinated with hydrogen chlorine in the presence of tolulene.
3. The resulting 4-PAS is heated in the presence of methyl isobutyl ketone and acetic acid.
4. The resulting 6-PAS is chlorinated with thionyl chloride in the presence of toluene and benzyltriethylammonium chloride.
5. The resulting TOSPA is treated with methanol in the presence of sodium methoxide to produce sucralose.” (Note that methanol, wood alcohol aka paint remover, is one of the questionable ingredients in aspartame.)
What part of this five step process is "natural" and simply "derived" from sugar? I'm just excited that there is FINALLY some attention given to Splenda. Sadly, WE (humans) are the guinea pigs for what these substances are going to do long term to us and future generations that are yet to be born. This is not about minor exposure any more when it comes to these chemicals. This is about daily, ongoing exposure to chemicals that are not found naturally on earth.
Artificial sweeteners are OBVIOUSLY not solving the obesity epidemic (they can actually cause weight gain) and energy drinks don't replace the need for sleep and sound nutrition which both naturally derives energy. Thank you to those of you who follow us that are looking for REAL health support, ideas and advice and willing to take personal responsibility for this aspect of your life.
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