Sugar Substitutes | Sucralose


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What is sucralose?

Sucralose is a no-calorie sugar substitute. Sucralose tastes like sugar but is 600 times sweeter. It leaves no aftertaste when consumed. When your body digests sucralose, very little of it is absorbed.

Sucralose is also known by the brand name Splenda.

Benefits of Sucralose

  • Can be substituted for sugar when baking
  • Does not contribute to tooth decay
  • Does not have an aftertaste
  • Does not affect glucose or triglyceride levels

What is it used in?

Sucralose is used in thousands of different kinds of foods and drinks. Some examples include soft drinks, juices, sauces, syrups, candy, desserts, baked goods and canned fruits. It is used in medicines, nutritional supplements and vitamins. It is also available as a tabletop sweetener. It is the most heat-stable of all the sugar substitutes, so it can be used in baked goods.

Is sucralose safe?

Sucralose was approved for use in the United States in 1998 and has been subjected to many studies on its safety. All studies have indicated that it is safe for people to consume in moderation.

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Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Created: 01/10

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