Sucralose Myth: Diabetes

Myth: Sucralose affects blood sugar control in people with diabetes.

Fact: Studies show that sucralose passes through the body virtually unchanged and has no effect on carbohydrate metabolism, short- or long-term blood glucose control or insulin secretion. This is because sucralose is not recognized by the body as a sugar or a carbohydrate. These studies included high-dose prolonged-use studies involving people with diabetes and those without the condition.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that the overall data on sucralose supports its safety for the general population, including people with diabetes. Foods and beverages sweetened with sucralose offer people with diabetes a much wider variety of products from which to choose and greater flexibility in budgeting total carbohydrate intake. Thus, sucralose-sweetened products can help them follow nutrition recommendations and still enjoy good-tasting foods.

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