Prime is one of the most popular drinks among kids. One of the main reasons why it is in high demand is because it’s marketed as a healthier alternative to Gatorade. However, there is nothing healthy about Prime. Prime Energy is one of the worst things children can consume.
The drink ingredients include citric acid, which can increase inflammation, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. Both of these artificial sweeteners have been found to have adverse effects on the gut and brain.
Sucralose is synthesized by chlorinating the sugar sucrose, by substituting three hydroxyl groups with chlorine atoms. Initially, sucralose was discovered through the development of a new insecticide compound. It was never meant to be consumed and for a good reason. Because sucralose-6-acetate is genotoxic.
When scientists exposed human blood cells to sucralose-6-acetatem, they noticed the signs of genotoxicity—the ability of toxic substances to damage DNA.
A study published in the journal Diabetes Care discovered a profound link between sucralose consumption and diabetes. According to the research, daily consumption of sucralose was associated with a 36 percent greater risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent greater risk of type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, research in rodents discovered that sucralose upsets the microbiome balance, and that can lead to higher inflammation.
Acesulfame potassium dangers
Acesulfame potassium (also known as acesulfame K or ace-K) is a zero-calorie sugar substitute that has been widely used in America since 1988. It’s made by mixing acetoacetic acid and potassium.
Recent research showed that acesulfame potassium dangers include altering gut microbiota, developing metabolic syndrome, weight gain and obesity.