The NOT so sweet side of Sucralose

When it comes to supplements, which I use daily, the last thing I want to do is to have my body assimilate foreign chemicals, along with the vitamins and minerals that I do want, into my digestive system. Sucralose, a widely used sweetener in protein powders and other nutritional supplements, is one of these such chemicals and is widely known to cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and nausea. It is one of the most popular artificial sweeteners marketed as "like" a sugar... but it is definitely the furthest thing from it!

Sucralose is completely "unnatural" and nothing on this planet resembles anything like it. The finished product contains chemicals such as trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chloride, thionyl chloride, sodium methoxide and more... YUM! Chlorine is a carcinogen used in products like poisonous gas, disinfectants, pesticides and plastics. 

Many people complain about skin irritation (rash, hives, itching and swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pain, palpitations, anxiety, anger mood swings, and depression. This is a lot to go through to get your "sweet" on! Now some people may not have these reactions, but why would you want to put a cancer causing agent with these possible side effects into the body that you are trying to make more healthy through nutritional supplementation?

Sucralose was found by accident. Chemists were actually trying to create a new insecticide! What they came up with is a chemical 600 TIMES sweeter than natural sugar! For those of you trying to kick the sugar habit, sucralose will make you crave sweets even more!

Please educate yourself on what you are putting into your body, and don't ignore what could be lurking in your artificial sweeteners. Smokers tend to ignore what makes a cigarette, but the damage is obviously cumulative. The same goes for popular sweeteners. 

I found this list below (not mine) of sweeteners that I agree with for the most part, although if you follow the Murphy Fitness Way, you will avoid ALL added sugars and sweeteners! If you'd like to read and learn more about artificial sweeteners, check out the book Sweet Deception. 

Sweeteners to Avoid:

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel)


Sucralose (Splenda, Altern)

Acesulfame-K (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One)



Refined Sugar #

High Fructose Sweeteners #

"Better Choice" Sweeteners:

Stevia *

Other Low Carb Sweeteners

Evaporated Cane Juice

Fruit Juice

Rice Syrup


Licorice Root (small amounts)

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)


Vegetable Glycerin

Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, sorbitol) ^

Maple Syrup (Without added sugar)

Barley Malt

Key: *Safe for diabetics / # Can be used in small amounts during transitions to healthy sweeteners / ^ Use only in very small amounts - not for those with bowel disorders. 

On a final note, NEVER take the words "all natural" seriously. Read labels completely and carefully. Keep your food... and your body... as "clean" as possible. 

All the Best!

Patrick Murphy