1. Many of the super health-conscious people may ask about sucralose, in our mind, an ingredient of controversy. Can you please explain why this was chosen?
Though there are lot of myths about sucralose on the market today, it is the most approved sweetener globally, and has been approved in over 80 countries. It has been accepted as safe by several national and international food safety regulatory bodies, including the FDA, The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee Report on Food Additives, the European Union's Scientific Committee on Food, Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada, and Food Standards Australia New Zealand, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The amount of sucralose in the XT is approx. 39 mg. The amount studied (upper limit) in the body shown to be safe was 1500 mg. So you would need to consume 39 sticks XT per day to get the upper limit of sucralose per day.
We used sucralose to get the flavor profile, and to keep the sugar level lower. Sugar can spike insulin, and that will weaken sports performance. So sucralose helps us keep the product better for athletes and those with blood sugar concerns.
A key concern out on the internet has something to do with the word 'chlorides' or "chlorine" that is used to make sucralose. They think it is same as the chlorine in a swimming pool - but it is not. Chlorides are found in tomatoes, lettuce, melons, peanut butter as they are naturally occurring. Naturally occurring chloride is not the same as the chlorine found in a pool, which is what many think when they hear "chlorinated".
When most people think of chlorine, they think of bleach, or the stuff they pour in their pools. The truth is that chlorine is just another element on the periodic table, and it is naturally present in many foods that you eat. On a molecular level, salt is made of sodium and chlorine, with the chemical name sodium chloride. If you eat meat, vegetables, bread, pasta, ice cream or various snack foods, you already eat chlorine.
Aspartame is a sweetener that is safe cold, but not heated. Sucralose has been found safe in both hot and cold applications.
2. What is the amount of Silicon Dioxide in XT?
We have a very tiny amount of Silicon Dioxide in XT and DX - approx 1.8% in each XT and DX to help the product not sticking on the machines as it is made.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized silicon dioxide as a safe food additive, so does the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).