There is a sweetener commonly used in protein powders that has been touted to be safe, yet I have had my doubts for many years and prefer to only use protein powders without any sweetener.  The sweetener I am referring to isSucrolose and is also branded as Splenda. This is an exert from a Dr Mercola article.

The  artificial sweetener sucralose, better known by its brand name Splenda, has been on the US market for fifteen years.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Splenda in 1998 based on more than 110 safety studies, only two of which were actually conducted on humans (these two studies consisted of a combined total of 36 people, of which only 23 people actually ingested sucralose!).

Since then we’ve seen many red flags that this artificial sweetener is anything but safe, not the least of which are the many personal anecdotes of adverse reactions to Splenda.

Splenda is a synthetic chemical created in a laboratory. In the five-step patented process of making it, three chlorine molecules are added to one sucrose (sugar) molecule. Some will argue that natural foods also contain chloride, which is true.

However, in natural foods, the chloride is connected with ionic bonds that easily dissociate. In Splenda, they’re in a covalent bond that does not dissociate. In fact, there are NO covalent chloride bonds to organic compounds in nature, only ionic. Covalent chloride bonds only exist in synthetic, man-made molecules. Aside from Splenda, other examples of synthetic covalently bound chloride compounds include: •DDT •PCBs •Agent Orange

Your body has no enzymes to break down this covalently bound chloride. Why would it? It never existed in nature, so the human body never had a reason to address it. And since it’s not broken down and metabolized by your body, they can claim it to be non-caloric—essentially, it’s supposed to pass right through you. However, the research (which is primarily extrapolated from animal studies) indicates that about 15 percent of sucralose IS in fact absorbed into your digestive system, and ultimately stored in your body.

Splenda May Wreak Havoc Within Your Digestive Tract

Splenda has been found to be particularly damaging to your intestines. A study published in 2008 found that Splenda:4 •Reduces the amount of beneficial bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent •Increases the pH level in your intestines •Affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications like chemotherapy, or treatments for AIDS and certain heart conditions

Further, some of the initial studies done on Splenda revealed: •Decreased red blood cells — sign of anemia — at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day •Increased male infertility by interfering with sperm production and vitality, as well as brain lesions at higher doses •Enlarged and calcified kidneys •Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group •A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group

Worse still, the longest of the two human trials conducted on Splenda lasted only four days and looked at sucralosein relation to tooth decay, not human tolerance! So if you’ve been ingesting Splenda for years, you’re actually acting as a human guinea pig, as no one knows what happens when humans consume this substance for long periods. Even the health food giant Whole Foods counts sucralose on its list of unacceptable ingredients for food…5

Please avoid this sweetener or for that artificial sweetener.