Dr. Mercola (you may know him from the Dr. Oz Show) recently commented on his website that “Splenda [or sucralose] is actually more similar to DDT than sugar”, and there is a whole article about this! Now, take a moment and look at these different molecules (shown above). What do you think?
I don’t think you need a chemistry degree to see that the chemical structure of sucralose appears to be similar to that of sucrose and very different from DDT. If you came to that conclusion, you are right! A blogging peer of mine, Nicholas Tesla of Kentucky Chemistry, recently wrote a post that completely debunks Mercola’s statement along with a bunch of other content on the ‘sucralose is similar to DDT’ page. Thank you, Nicholas, for contributing to the general awareness of REAL chemistry!
Update: Another colleague of ours, Chad Jones of the Collapsed Wavefunction discusses this topic in terms of chemophobia in a concise piece for the Scientific American guest blogs. Click here to read his post on “DDT and Sucralose: A Case Study in Chemophobia”
Additionaly, our very own Hasan Khan, has started a synthetic sweeteners series!