Shocking Water Contaminant

New research shows that many people are unsuspectingly drinking sucralose every day in their water.  A shocking new study found that the artificial sweetener sucralose, which is also known under the brand name Splenda, is now a widespread contaminant in surface water, ground water, and waste water.

Researchers took samples from 19 American drinking water treatment plants that provide drinking water for over 28 million people.  They found sucralose in:

-The source water of 15 out of 19 drinking water treatment plants tested;

-The finished water of 13 out of 17 water plants; and

-8 out of 12 water distribution systems.

Scientists also determined that sucralose is a recalcitrant compound, meaning that it resists break-down during chemical processes, including those involving chlorine at water treatment facilities.  So, once it finds its way into the water supply it is likely to find its way into your drinking water.

The first question I’m typically asked when I tell my clients this information is, “why is it allowed in our food and water?”  That’s a good question and one that is best directed at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, and other similar regulatory bodies around the world.  But, let me tell you a bit more.

According to research by Dr. Joseph Mercola, the FDA conducted two human studies on sucralose prior to its approval of Splenda and to determine whether it should be allowed in our food.  The longest study lasted four days and only examined sucralose for its effects on tooth decay, not any other health effects.  Additionally, when sucralose was tested to determine its absorption in the body, only eight men were studied.  It is well-known that this sample is too small to determine the health effects of any substance.  It is also well-known that women’s and men’s bodies may interact with a substance in a different way due to significantly different hormonal systems.  And, to state the obvious:  four days is hardly enough to determine safety!

And, as for how it is allowed in our water:  it isn’t.  Sucralose finds its way into our water supply because so many people are eating it and urinating it so it eventually finds its way into our water and drinking water.

It is not the natural stuff that manufacturers claim it is.  It is a chlorinated artificial sweetener designed in a laboratory and created in manufacturing facilities.  It may start as a sugar molecule but the similarities end there.  Three chlorine molecules are added to each sugar molecule, which according to Dr. Mercola means it “has been altered to the point that it’s actually closer to DDT and Agent Orange than sugar.”  So, perhaps the manufacturer should start selling it as the Agent-Orange-like-sugar-that-can’t-be-properly-metabolized-by-your-body-because-it-more-closely-resembles-a-horrendous-toxin?  But, that wouldn’t sell much, would it?

Keep reading to discover the many health problems linked with sucralose consumption…Some of the symptoms that have been linked with sucralose include:

-Allergic reactions such as facial swelling, swelling of the eyelids, tongue, throat, or lips;

-Allergic skin reactions such as itching, swelling, redness, weeping, crusting, rashes, eruptions, or hives;


-Blood sugar increases;

-Blurred vision;

-Breathing problems including shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, and wheezing;



-Gastrointestinal problems:  diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, bloating, gas, or pain;


-Heart palpitations;

-Itchy, swollen, watery, or bloodshot eyes;

-Joint pains;

-Mental fog;



-Sinus congestion, runny nose, or sneezing; and

-Weight gain.

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Adapted with permission from Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook’s upcoming book. Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  All rights reserved.


Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

I have avoided artificial sweetners for years, now I am being told it could be in my drinking water, what next.

Arild Warud


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

Interesting- however, the symptoms are too general and broad which can include a majority of society.

Thanks for the information.

Johnice R.
Johnice R5 years ago

I am not at all surprised at this, what most concerns me about our water is not what they say is in it but what they choose NOT to say is in the water. There are minimums of a list of oocytes, minerals, contaminants of every type and source, animal feces, animal afterbirth, animal decay, and more which is in ground water.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

( my mind, add to that many children with autism...adults with so many diseases....chlorine...3 molecules..mind as well drink bleach)....and kudos to "past member" for your comments...WE NEED TO MASSIVELY PETITION ON THIS ISSUE AND GET THE ACCURATE AND SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION OUT THERE!!...and for goodness sake, stop drinking soda pop!! (sorry if you like it, but it is killing you.)

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

One more pollutant--it's a wonder we're still drinking our water, and not chewing it!!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I can't believe it! Why are you Americans letting the FDA get away with these TOTALLY SHODDY RESULTS? It looks like they were getting paid by Splenda. Our country looks to your for some guidance from the FDA but this makes me SICK. Who gave them that power? Were they voted in? What are YOU going to do about this? If they can't be trusted for genuine testing procedures then your food chain is in the *******?

Gwendolyn NoMail
Gwendolyn Krupa5 years ago

I hate artificial sweeteners. Thanks for info.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D5 years ago

If true it is very sad. I do know that Splenda runs right through me, and I have not had it more than once or twice.

Starlite M.
Starlite M5 years ago

great that stuff gives me migraines