Sucralose is a non-nutritive sweetener added to food aproximately 320 to 1,000 times the sweetness of table sugar. The US FDA tested and approved sucralose, however; anyone who is familiar with statistics knows that the numbers can be fudged to support or discredit anything. A test can to be said to have resulted in 100 cases that show no risk while the reported or revealed results only represent a portion of all parts tested. One hundred positive test results out of 1,000 or more would not look as good as it did when some results were hidden. And that’s how I learned to think as a teen watching shows like 60 Minutes and 20/20. Notwithstanding the FDA’s decision and a recommendation by the Canadian Diabetes Associationas to the amount of sucralose that can be safely consumed over a person’s lifetime without any adverse effects (9 milligrams per day per kilogram of body weight), the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interestunderstandably downgraded sucralose from “Safe” to “Caution” in June 2013, citing a new study linking sucralose consumption with leukemia risk in rats. There are no safety RDA suggestions on the bottle nor are there any warnings.

Some studies show that sucralose is being passed through the body’s digestive system, however; it is having adverse effects on the environment being that it is stays uneffected by wastewater treatment in our water and so it is being virtually recycled through and back to us in high doses. Nice!

University studies have shown Sucralose to effect the ability to digest non-meat plant products like wood for instance or cellulose as it is listed on human food packaging. Fecal microflora or the good bacteria in the intestines that exists in a symbiotic relationship with its host, helping to produce an environment where food is broken down and used is reduced by the synthetic substance, a process which in turn raises the pH level in the intestines. All this contributes to increased body weight and increases in P-glycoprotein. The P stands for the ability to permeate, permeability. P-gp is a multidrug resistance protein which is an important protein of the cell membrane that pumps many foreign substances out of cells. It helps the body detox from what I understand which basically also fights antibiotics and drugs used in treating cancer.  It is responsible for decreased drug accumulation in multidrug-resistant cells and often mediates the development of resistance to anticancer drugs. This protein also functions as a transporter in the blood–brain barrier.

And now we take a look at Acesulfame Potassium, another sweetner in part 3.