By Jessica Velasco
What are the benefits of Sucralose over natural sugar?
Sucralose, an artificial sweetener, is 600 times sweeter than natural sugar. It is the main ingredient in brand name sweeteners like Splenda, Sukrana, SucraPlus, and more. It was originally discovered in 1976 while scientists were experimenting with the use of sugar in non-traditional ways. Today, Sucralose is found in more than 4,500 food and beverage products.
It is easy to use as a substitute for natural sugar when baking. Without Sucralose, using alternatives for natural sugar can be a baking nightmare. Most people turn to honey of fruit juice to maintain the sweet flavor of their favorite baked goods. However, the liquid or gooey substitutes can seriously alter the texture and consistence of food. Alternately, Sucralose is incredibly easy to use. While the texture might not be the exact same as if you used sugar, it is a much closer representation to the original than other alternatives.
It helps prevent tooth decay. A sugary residue on your teeth can encourage bacteria growth which, if left unattended, leads to tooth decay. Sucralose, on the other hand, does not have this effect on your teeth. Your body does not react the same way to Sucralose as it does to sugar. Granted, if you don’t floss and brush your chompers, you will still have issues with cavities. However, using Sucralose instead of sugar significantly reduces your chance of decay.
It is a safe alternative for diabetics. Diabetics who long for a sweet treat can find fulfillment with products made from Sucralose without worring about blood sugar levels. Since Sucralose is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, it is a great alternative to sugar if gestational diabetes is an issue.
It is great for weight loss. When you consume Sucralose, your body doesn’t break down the majority of the sweetener. Therefore, it has zero calories. This zero calorie status means Sucralose and weight loss go hand in hand. People who want to cut calories can still engage in a little sweet splurge.
I’ve heard Sucralose is unhealthy. Is that true?
No, it is not true. You have nothing to fear from using Sucralose instead of sugar.
“In determining the safety of Sucralose, FDA reviewed data from more than 110 studies in humans and animals. Many of the studies were designed to identify possible toxic effects including carcinogenic, reproductive and neurological effects. No such effects were found, and FDA’s approval is based on the finding that Sucralose is safe for human consumption.” — FDA
“The low-calorie sweeteners in the United States all underwent extensive testing before they were approved. Results showed that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. Sucralose is the newest low-calorie sweetener on the market. Sucralose is not affected by heat and retains its sweetness in hot beverages, baked goods, and processed foods.” — American Diabetes Association
“Sucralose (Splenda®) was approved by the FDA as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. Before approving sucralose, the FDA viewed more than 100 safety studies that were conducted, including studies to assess cancer risk. The results of these studies showed no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health.” –National Cancer Institute
Health-conscious moms might want to consider switching from natural sugar to Sucralose. Among other things, your family will reap the rewards in the form of healthier teeth and fewer calories. Since it is a safe alternative to sugar, why not give it a try?
About this author: Jessica Velasco writes for a variety of health blogs. Recently, she has been working with Trim Nutrition to research the effects of Sucralose and weight loss.