helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

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Kill me now.

More geeking has been occuring. We were discussing <http://www.finchcms.edu/cms/biochem/walters/sweet/sucralose.html>sucralose</a>, a new sugar substitute. In the process of finding out about it, I found more bloody awful psuedoscience.

"The manufacturer claims that the chlorine added to sucralose is similar to the chlorine atom in the salt (NaCl) molecule. That is not the case. Sucralose may be more like ingesting tiny amounts of chlorinated pesticides, but we will never know without long-term, independent human research."

Chlorine is chlorine is chlorine. Oh, it's certainly true that some chlorinated compounds are perfectly safe for humans (at least in small doses), whereas others are deadly poisons, but the same is true of oxygenated ones. I'm just thinking about yummy sulphuric acid, which consists only of hydrogen, sulphur and oxygen - three elements which are absolutely essential to us. And apart from the Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide page (which is a spoof), I don't see people trying to ban oxygen. Saying that there is a difference between chlorine in one molecule and chlorine in another is just ... wrong! It's almost as bad as the page I found which declared that there was "good" ozone and "bad" ozone. Ozone is ozone! Three little oxygen atoms holding hands!

Yes, please kill me now. I can't take the appalling lack of public awareness of science any longer.

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