Who can we trust to know if SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener is safe?
I have been compensated for my time by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog With Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.
As a food and nutrition expert, one of the questions I’m asked more than any other is, “How do you know low-calorie sweeteners are safe?” Since I’m a regular user of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other low-calorie sweeteners, the answer to that question is as important to me as it is to my family, friends and clients.
SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (also known as the ingredient sucralose) was approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 based on the data provided in hundreds of studies.
These data were reviewed and evaluated by the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which provides expert assessment of the available research on a wide range of subjects, such as biology, food science, nutrition and food technology. Their job is to analyze all of the complex scientific studies with the specific goal of determining any impact on public health.
Food regulatory agencies in other countries around the world are also charged with deciding if ingredients, such as those found in low-cal sweeteners, are safe. SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener has been approved in over 80 countries by agencies such as the European Food Safety Authority, Health Canada, National Food Authority of Australia/New Zealand, and the Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization.
I’m confident in the decisions reached by these experts not just because they are highly respected in their relative fields – which they are - but because they and their families eat the same foods the rest of us do. To me, it’s like trusting the competence of the pilot once I board a plane. It helps knowing we’re all in this together.
In fact, the more consensus there is in the scientific community, the better I feel, and the more likely I am to incorporate the prevailing professional opinions into my personal life and practice as a registered dietitian.
That’s why I have no doubt about the safety of the SPLENDA® Products I use to sweeten my Earl Grey tea each morning, and other products I enjoy throughout the week made with low-cal sweeteners. The blog posts and website crusades that try to discredit low-cal sweeteners do not sway me. They are based on opinions, not a rigorous review of the data. And a single study that seems to contradict the hundreds of others that support the safety of a sweetener does not change my mind, no matter how loud the media coverage may be.
I will continue to review the emerging research about low-cal sweeteners, but the currently available science tells us they are safe. The experts have given them thumbs up so there’s no debate for me. Low-cal sweeteners are a welcome addition to my balanced diet.
For more information, visit:
- Is SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (Sucralose) Safe? Authorities We Can Trust (my earlier blog post on this topic): https://blog.splenda.com/splenda-brand-sweetener-sucralose-safe-authorities-we-can-trust
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Sucralose Approval Talk Paper: http://www.splendatatlandirici.com/Splenda%20General%20Docs/FDA%20Splenda%20Approval.pdf
- European Commission Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food on sucralose: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/out68_en.pdf
- Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8363