What is sucralose?
Sucralose (brand name: Splenda) is a no-calorie sugar substitute. It is about 600 times sweeter than sugar.
Sucralose provides sweetness and enhances the flavor of food without adding the calories of sugar. Unlike sugar, it does not contribute to tooth decay. It also does not raise blood sugar levels. This may be helpful if you have diabetes and have to be careful about how much sugar you consume.
What products contain sucralose?
Sucralose is used in thousands of processed 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 used as a tabletop sweetener (for example, to sweeten a glass of iced tea).
Sucralose can be used in baking because it does not lose its sweet taste at high temperatures. For best results, follow the package instructions for using it in your recipes.
Is sucralose safe?
More than 110 studies have examined the safety of sucralose. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive since 1998. This means that the FDA has reviewed scientific evidence to be sure that it is safe for use in foods and drinks.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no evidence that sucralose and other sugar substitutes approved for use in the United States cause cancer or other serious health problems. Medical research studies have shown that these sweeteners are safe for most people when used in moderation
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff