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Artificial Sweetener Found in Much of Nation’s Water Supply


Filling glass of tap water Many who are aware of the multiple adverse health effects linked to artificial sweeteners fastidiously avoid them. But a starting study finds that people consume these harmful chemicals every day though an unsuspected source – their drinking water.

In a recent analysis of water samples taken from 19 drinking water treatment plants (DWTP) in the US, researchers found that sucralose, an artificial sweetener known as Splenda, is a widespread contaminant. The disturbing news is that it is not only present in the waste water, surface water and ground water; it is also in the finished water and water distribution systems. Sucralose was found in the source water of 15 of 19 DWTP, the finished water of 13 of 17 DWTP and in 8 of 12 water distribution systems.

Sucralose is a recalcitrant compound, which means it resists being broken down by water treatment processes. As this villain persists in the water, more than 28 million Americans may be consuming it every time they use tap water for drinking or cooking.

Sucralose is closer to DDT and Agent Orange than sugar.

In the process of manufacturing sucralose, the procedure takes sugar and transforms it into something ominous. After the chlorine molecules are added, the chemical structure is closer to DDT and Agent Orange than sugar. While the body is unable to properly metabolize sucralose, studies show 11 to 27 percent of it is absorbed by the digestive system. This fact leads to an important question: what effect does a DDT or Agent Orange -like substance have on the body?

What harmful effects do studies reveal?

The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health published an animal study on sucralose that found it removes 50 percent of the good bacteria in the intestinal tract and increases intestinal pH levels. It also showed that the chemical affects glycoprotein, which can have devastating health effects, particularly for those taking certain medications.

Of the 200 studies on sucralose, only 15 involved an investigation of its safety. Out of these 15 research papers, 13 were funded by the makers of Splenda. Since a potential conflict of interest is inherent in these studies, it makes their findings suspect. However, the two independent studies uncovered multiple adverse effects, including decreased red blood cells, male infertility and spontaneous abortion. Furthermore, a study of rabbits showed a 23 percent death rate compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group.

And there’s more. Dr. Joseph Mercola reports many common side effects, some of which include seizures, depression and weight gain, as well as heart palpitations and joint pains.

Protect Yourself.

Diet products of all kinds are rife with chemicals that can wreak havoc with your health.  In addition to avoiding diet sodas, avoid any diet product labeled “light” or “low calorie,” as it is sure to contain sucralose or another equally harmful artificial sweetener.

Filter the water in your home by investing in a reverse osmosis system, which will remove sucralose as well as drugs and many other contaminants. An alternative to this is a carbon filter, but it is not quite as effective.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

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3 responses to “Artificial Sweetener Found in Much of Nation’s Water Supply”

  1. Dalisay Santos says:

    Is it safer to buy sugar free and fat free processed food than light, diet, and no sugar added?

    • Mary West says:

      Food products with labels that read “sugar free,” “light,” “diet” and “no sugar” often contain artifificail sweeteners. I would avoid all of these products.

      Eating fresh fruit is a naturally sweet, healthful dessert. Try to avoid processed food as much as possible.

      Thank you for your comment.

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