this is the best and easiest to understand explanation of sucralose or splenda that i could find when researcing this topic. please read it and decide for yourself if its worth it. I personally don't think so. I have come to the conclusion once again that while I wish there were a magic no calorie drink or food out there, there just isn't. I'll just have to learn to like stevia and water.
Splenda is the brand name for sucralose. It is produced through a complicated process that begins with sugar and converts it to a calorie-free, no-carbohydrate sweetener. The process replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule itself with three chlorine, which is bleach, atoms. In the case of sucralose, the addition of chlorine converts sucrose to sucralose, essentially inert.
So, this is really sugar plus bleach.
It makes a stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but with no calories. After consumption, sucralose passes through the body without being broken down for energy, therefore it has no calories, and the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate. However, up to 15% of sucralose in some people is stored in the body tissues and is not excreted, but builds up over time. It is not known what the effects of this will buildup will be over time. Many have stated that sucralose made from sugar is like removing the round wheels from a car and putting on square wheels. Is it still a car? Yes. But can it still perform like a car? Sucralose actually bears more of a chemical similarity to DDT, than it does to sugar.
The chemical process to make sucralose alters the chemical composition of the sugar so much that it is converted to a fructogalactose molecule. This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature and therefore, the human body does not possess the ability to metabolize it. It is not that Splenda is naturally zero calories. If the human body could metabolize it, then it would no longer have zero calories.
While complex chemical processes may not matter much to your taste buds, scientists and physicians say it takes on a new and vitally important meaning, as Splenda will begin to be included in many different products besides diet soda and various baked goods. An agreement between McNeil Nutritionals, which makes Splenda and PTO Today, which provides marketing and fund raising to parent associations, American elementary schools will be using more and more Splenda.
The build up they spoke of is what happened to my friend with the nutrisweet in diet coke.
Bottom line...if God didn't make, you shouldn't eat or drink it. Natural is best.