Is Sucralose Safe?

Is Sucralose SafeSucralose is an artificial sweetener that is nearly 600 times sweeter than the ordinary (table) sugar.  It contains zero calories and hence, is popular as a zero-calorie sweetener.  It is widely used by diet and weight conscious people all over the world.  Sucralose is sold under the brand name Splenda, which is commonly available in the market.  It is also better than other artificial sweeteners as it can be used in baking.  Most of the artificial sweeteners cannot be used in baking due to their instability.  But, this is not the case with sucralose as it remains stable even when exposed to heat for a longer time.  This additional property makes it a favored choice among other artificial sweeteners including aspartame.  Also, due to its extra sweet property, it is used for making a variety of sweets and desserts like jams, jellies, candies, sweet fillings, fruits juices, etc.  However, you should be aware of the negative side effects that sucralose can pose.

Sucralose And Chlorine:

One possible side effect from Splenda unrelated to allergies is the possibility of chlorine poisoning. Sucralose is one of the few artificial sweeteners that claims to be made from sugar; chlorine atoms are added, that’s right Chlorine!  Ingesting too much chlorine can lead to chlorine poisoning.  In most cases, using Splenda won’t be harmful because the amount of chlorine is so small, but constant consumption of sucralose, compounded daily, can reek some major havoc on your body.

Sucralose And Organ Damage:

Sucralose is also a chlorocarbon, a substance that is often responsible for causing long-term damage to internal organs like the liver and kidneys.  The sugar substitute can cause the kidneys and liver to swell significantly, and cause a buildup of calcium in the kidneys. According to Dr. James Bowen, ingesting a small amount of Splenda — even a lesser amount that what it approved by the FDA — will shrink the thymus by 40 percent.  The thymus is a glandular organ that is part of the immune system and produces T cells — a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight off diseases and infection.

Sucralose and Gastrointestinal Problems:Is Sucralose Safe

According to Vanderbilt University, about 27 percent of the sucralose in Splenda is absorbed by the body, meaning the substance will stay in the bloodstream and organs for long periods of time.  This can not only potentially damage the internal organs, but also has negative gastrointestinal effects, like bloating, painful gas or diarrhea.  The gas some people experience when eating foods or drinking beverages with sucralose is due to the fact that the natural bacteria that occurs in the stomach metabolizes parts of Splenda once it’s ingested to produce nitrogen gas.

Additional Side Effects Of Sucralose:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Skin Conditions
  • Dental Health
  • Loss of Appetite

Is Sucralose SafeAlthough sucralose is currently considered safe, there seem to be too many conflicting results to blindly accept the products available on our grocery shelves.  If nothing else, the mixed results of the tests should serve to raise public awareness and spur individuals to investigate additives and new products before accepting them.  The best way to avoid any such problem is to stay away from packaged sweet food items.  Xylitol and stevia are better options when compared against sucralose.  The tests for sucralose are also not very appreciable and hence the best way to avoid the problems associated with it is to not use it under any circumstance.

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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