Sucralose is a new artificial sweetener and it is already present in a large number of products. Sucralose is even sold in health food stores and manufactured by food-oriented companies, but is sucralose harmful? A number of questions regarding sucralose are justified:
- Has sucralose already been proven safe?
- Are there also studies on the long-term use of sucralose in humans?
- Does sucralose help with weight loss?
- Has sucralose been proven safe for the environment?
- Is sucralose of any benefit to the public?
The answer to each of these questions is unfortunately NO! Is sucralose harmful?
Sucralose further explained
The artificial sweetener sucralose, sold under the name Splenda, is one of the rapidly rising "next generation" of sugar substitutes with great sweetening power. Sucralose contains no calories and is about 600 times sweeter than sucrose (white sugar). However, its sweetening power can vary from 320 to 1,000 times, depending on its application in food. Sucralose, the white crystalline powder tastes very much like sugar but is more intense in its sweetness. Whether sucralose is harmful? Judge for yourself.
Sucralose is produced by chlorination of normal sugar (sucrose), which chemically alters the sugar molecules' structure by replacing three hydroxyl groups with three chlorine atoms.
Other artificial sweeteners
As well as the artificial sweeteners described above, there are many sweeteners on the market. For a description of other sweeteners we refer to the publication below (pdf).
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