Q: I have been told that the sugar substitute Splenda is unhealthy due to the chemicals used to process sugar into Splenda. Can you clarify?
Answer : It’s true that Splenda is made using chlorine, which sounds scary; the sugar industry warns that you’re “actually eating chlorine” when consuming sucralose, the chemical sold as Splenda. Plain sugar is transformed into sucralose by substituting three chlorine atoms for hydrogen, creating a substance that is not digested by the body—so it’s effectively caloriefree— and that’s 600 times sweeter than sugar. (Packaged Splenda also contains dextrose and maltodextrin as bulking agents.) But there’s no