Sucralose Facts

A Safe Food Ingredient

A Safe Food Ingredient

All food ingredients have to undergo extensive testing before they are allowed to be sold. Sucralose is no exception.

An overwhelming body of science supports the fact that sucralose has an excellent safety profile and is conclusively tested. The safety of sucralose is supported by scientific studies conducted over a 20-year period.

The safety of sucralose has been considered by leading medical, scientific and regulatory authorities around the world including:

  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Health Canada
  • Food Standards Australia/New Zealand
  • Japanese Food Sanitation Council
  • The Joint (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)

Sucralose and Environmental Safety

All have found sucralose to be safe for use as a food ingredient by the general population, including children and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is also suitable for people with diabetes, because it does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels.

Unfortunately, some individuals and organizations have taken results from some of the safety studies out of context, to try to raise doubts about the safety of sucralose (e.g. highlighting the results of a study that was not designed to assess a particular health parameter, while ignoring the results of other studies that were). Such out of context criticism could be made of the focus of any scientific study. It’s bad science, scare-mongering and plain wrong. And it has also created a variety of myths about sucralose.

Full scientific scrutiny has been made of sucralose by regulatory agencies and it is our view that they are the best qualified people to listen to on such matters.

The safety profile of sucralose

Sucralose has been conclusively studied and has an exemplary safety record. Below is a sample of some of the research conducted on sucralose.

Safety studies show that sucralose is a safe and essentially inert ingredient. Conclusions from the studies include the following:

  • No known side effects
  • Not toxic: No adverse effects seen in test animals, even in amounts equivalent in sweetness to 40+ pounds of sugar per day for life
  • No effect on carbohydrate metabolism
  • No effect on short- or long-term blood glucose control or on serum insulin levels: Sucralose is suitable for people with diabetes
  • No calories or carbohydrates: Sucralose is not recognized by the body as a carbohydrate and is not metabolized or otherwise broken down for energy

The scientific studies demonstrate, and regulatory agencies agree, that sucralose is safe.

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How sucralose is made from sugar

Researchers at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, discovered sucralose in 1976, during a collaborative research program with UK sugar producer, Tate & Lyle, PLC.

Sucralose is made by a multi-step process that starts with ordinary table sugar (sucrose) and replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. This results in a stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but is calorie-free.

After being discovered, sucralose was put through a conclusive safety testing program over a 20-year period. Today sucralose is permitted for use worldwide.