Originally Posted by whodini
Thankfully Splenda came around and it's all I use.
– It’s no secret that Splenda (sucralose) starts off as a sugar molecule; it is what occurs in the laboratory that concerns many people. Sucralose is a synthetic chemical that was invented in a laboratory. In the five-step process of making sucralose, three chlorine molecules are added to a sucrose (sugar) molecule. The sucrose molecule is a disaccharide that contains two single sugars (glucose and fructose) bound together.
The chemical process to make sucralose alters the composition of the sugar so much that it is converted to a fructo-galactose molecule. This type of molecule does not occur in nature and the human body is unable to metabolize it. This is the basis of the manufacturer’s claim that Splenda has no calories. If your body can’t absorb it, no calories can be left in the body.
Nearly 15% of sucralose is absorbed by the body’s digestive tract and is stored in the body. That is an average number from studies. Some people absorb and store more or less than that.
Insufficient studies on sucralose are complete. So, the long-term effects of sucralose are unknown.The paragraphs above are pretty much a paraphrase/summation of the general concern or alarm about Splenda.