Friday, July 13, 2007

"Made From Sugar, So It Tastes Like Sugar"

While trying to create a new insecticide in London, sucralose was discovered. It was accidently created while mixing sulfuryl chloride into a sugar solution. Once they realized the mixture was sweet, they experimented with hundreds of other chlorinated sugars before finding the perfect one. The chemical name for sucralose is "1,6-dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-beta-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-alpha-D-galactopyranoside."

According to Mercola's research, this is how Splenda claims sucralose is "Made From Sugar, So It Tastes Like Sugar."

Sucrose is tritylated with trityl chloride in the presence of dimethylformamide and 4-methylmorpholine, and the tritylated sucrose is then acetylated with acetic anhydride.

The resulting sucrose molecule, TRISPA (6,1',6'-tri-O-tritylpenta-O acetylsucrose) is chlorinated with hydrogen chlorine in the presence of toluene (toluene is produced in the process of making gasoline from crude oil).

The resulting 4-PAS (sucrose 2,3,4,3',4'-pentaacetate) is heated in the presence of methyl isobutyl ketone and acetic acid.

The resulting 6-PAS (sucrose 2,3,6,3',4'-pentaacetate) is chlorinated with thionyl chloride in the presence of toluene and benzyltriethlyammonium chloride.

The resulting TOSPA (sucralose pentaacetate) is treated with methanol (aka wood alcohol, paint remover) in the presence of sodium methoxide to produce sucralose.

Mmmmm.... sounds yummy, huh?


maltese parakeet said...

an aphorism that is often attributed to otto von bismarck goes a little something like this: "laws are like sausages: you don't want to know how either are made."

i bet the people in the halls of mc neil "nutritionals" (the makers of splenda) probably say "laws are like sausages and splenda..."!

ugh. and toluene? that's paint thinner! i'll have my morning coffee without paint thinner, thank you very much.

thanks for posting this. i hope more more people will take the time to find out what's actually in some of these products that seem so innocuous.

Ferbit said...

It's sad how deceiving that is. I never fully understood why there was a big lawsuit against Mc Neil's regarding the phrase "Made from Sugar so it Tastes like Sugar" until NOW.

Even though NATURAL sweeteners are healthier, I have read in numerous places that saccharin (pink packet) is the safer choice (lesser of evils) of all artificial sweeteners. Although it still isn't recommended at all. Good to know if you're in a pinch though.

So excited though! Body Ecology is coming out with a new, natural sweetener soon! I'm only guessing it's some sort of mixture of stevia and xylitol. I use xlyitol to make cinnamon toast on occasion here at home. Mmmmm


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