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Splenda Turns into Chlorine In Your Body?

I read this in a wiki entry. Municipal tap water contains chlorine. How bad is it for you?


Thu. Apr 5, 10:58am

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I think that comment was from a stevia spammer. They're both terrible for your system.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 11:11 AM

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No, splenda does NOT turn into chlorine in your body, but splenda IS derived from sucrose (sugar). The process of turning sugar into "Splenda" substitutes three atoms of chlorine in place of the naturally occuring hydrogen-oxygen groups in the sucrose molecule. This is probably where the chlorine/splenda scare comes from.

Yes chlorine is bad for us, however, the chlorine atoms in splenda have been chemically altered so that they won't break down in the body-they say it is "safe" for us to use.

No artifical sweetner is better for you than real sugar-if it's just about the calories for you (as opposed to being diabetic), it is healthier to have the real thing on occasion.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 11:21 AM

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Splenda does horrible things to me. The chlorine atoms in splenda have, in fact, not been chemically altered. If you want to do a fun experiment, put some spenda into a beaker with a strong acid. You'll get HCl gas. While chlorine isn't a good "leaving" group from a molecule inherently, if you put it near acid, the Cl can leave the molecule. Just avoid artificial sweeteners - there have been no long term studies (as in 20-30 years) on their safety.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 1:49 PM

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So, is splenda more safe than sugar for a diabetic? What kind of sweeteners should a diabetic use?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:00 PM

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Chlorinated Water and Unknown Hazards of the Shower

Chlorinated Water and Unknown Hazards of the Shower

There is another side to the chlorine-water story. When we return from a gym workout or a jogging session or a game of squash, not only are we thirsty but we usually shower or bathe. We have been taught that cleanliness and health go together, and indeed they do, when chemical-free water is used.

When chlorinated water is used, however, bathing may be much less healthy that we ever supposed. Gasses are as a rule less soluble in hot water, and when water is heated or the free chlorine content in water is greatly reduced, the chorine escaping into the air. When we have a hot shower or run a bath we can sometimes smell the chlorine released as it escapes from the hot water. In a confined shower recess, however, especially one with poor ventilation, the chlorine escapes from the water as we continue the hot shower and steadily increases in concentration in the air we breathe. The olfactory threshold for chlorine is about 3.5 PPM (parts per million) so when we can smell chlorine the concentration is already above this level. The lethal concentration for ten-minute exposure is about 600 PPM and we suggest that regularly taking hot showers with chlorinated water could pose a health risk.

Chlorine causes pulmonary edema, and it would seem likely that regular exposure to chlorine gas even at low levels such as in normal showering may reduce the oxygen transfer capacity of the lungs. This could be a critical factor for athletes and for others prone to heart failure. Another aspect to be considered is our skin. Our skin is an important protective barrier for our bodies. When we shower with chlorinated water we are essentially exposing our skin to a relatively large volume of a dilute chlorine solution. Some of this chlorine reacts with the oils in the skin to form chlorinated compounds and it is these compounds which may then be absorbed by the body. It seems very likely, considering strong oxidizing power off chlorine, that regular exposure to chlorinated water serves also to promote the aging process of the skin, not unlike extended exposure to sunlight. Moreover, chlorine may actually enhance the aging effects of ultraviolet radiation by reinforcing the process of cell deterioration.

Another skin factor to be considered with the destruction by chlorine is the natural bacteria balance on our skin. Our skin has an ecology, all of its own, which needs to be preserved in order to maintain healthy skin and its associated beauty.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:06 PM

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a diabetic should consult with a professional to get information about what is safe for that particular person. different types of diabetes and the different ways in which people with diabetes are affected make a big difference with regard to what is going to be harmful or beneficial to each person. my uncle and my mother, unrelated except by marriage, both have similar types of diabetes, but they each have certain dietary restrictions and allowances. be careful and get advice from someone who you can go back to in case you need more assistance. in my opinion, going to someone you can locate again is essential when soliciting medical advice.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:13 PM

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so how do avid and professional swimmers deal with these alleged health risks of exposure to chlorine etc...?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:14 PM

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alleged-- Are you stupid or just stubborn?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:16 PM

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splenda is nasty. we'll find out about how bad it is one day. like we did with cigarettes. The real deal will come out. It always does.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 2:18 PM

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