The SPLENDA LIVING® Bloggers often refer and link to expert opinions and studies throughout this blog. We’ve compiled some important ones here, so that you can easily learn more about what experts are saying about the safety and benefits of sucralose (a sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products) and other low-calorie sweeteners (sugar substitutes).
American Heart Association: Non-Nutritive Sweeteners (Artificial Sweeteners)
"Replacing sugary foods and drinks with sugar-free options containing NNSs [Non-Nutritive Sweeteners] is one way to limit calories and achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Also, when used to replace food and drinks with added sugars, it can help people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels."
American Heart Association: Life is Sweet with these Easy Sugar Swaps
"The American Heart Association recommends cutting back on added sugars. Using low- and no-calorie sweeteners is one option that may help in an overall healthy diet. Foods and beverages containing low- and no-calorie sweeteners can be included in a healthy eating plan, as long as the calories they save are not added back as a reward or compensation. The FDA has determined that certain low- and no-calorie sweeteners, such as sucralose, are safe."
American Academy of Pediatrics: Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars, and Schools
“Additional improvements in nutrient density of sweet-tasting products could be obtained if nonnutritive sweeteners [also known as low calorie sweeteners] are used as a tool to replace added sugars and help lower caloric intake.”
American Diabetes Association: Nutrition Recommendations and Interventions for Diabetes
“The FDA has approved five nonnutritive sweeteners for use in the U.S. These are acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose. Before being allowed on the market, all underwent rigorous scrutiny and were shown to be safe when consumed by the public, including people with diabetes and women during pregnancy. Clinical studies involving subjects without diabetes provide no indication that nonnutritive sweeteners in foods will cause weight loss or weight gain.”
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Talk Paper T98-16.
"In determining the safety of sucralose, FDA reviewed data from more than 110 studies in animals and humans. Many of these 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 finding that sucralose is safe for human consumption."
Opinion on Sucralose of the Scientific Committee Food of the European Commission, Sept. 6, 2000.
"There is adequate evidence [for sucralose] that there are no concerns about mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, development or reproductive toxicity."
National Cancer Institute: Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer
"Sucralose was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (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."
American Cancer Society: ACS Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention
"Do non-nutritive sweeteners or sugar substitutes cause cancer? There is no proof that these sweeteners, at the levels consumed in human diets, cause cancer."
Nutrition Foundation of Italy: Scientific Community Endorses the Safety of Low- and No- Calorie Sweeteners
"All experts attending [January 11, 2012 scientific conference at head offices of the Italian Ministry of Health] reached the conclusion that all low- and no- calorie sweeteners currently available on the market are safe for consumption. This view supports the position adopted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in early 2011, which states that low- and no- calorie sweeteners approved for use in foods and drinks in the European Union are perfectly safe."
More information about the safety of sucralose
- Web MD: “Comparing Artificial Sweeteners”
- Calorie Control Council: “All About Sucralose”
- International Food Information Council: “Everything You Need to Know About Sucralose”
- FamilyDoctor.org: “Sugar Substitutes”
- Mayo Clinic: “Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes”
- International Sweeteners Association: “Low Calorie Sweeteners Regulation & Safety”
- American Council on Science and Health: “Blog Hits The Right Note On Chemophobia”
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners”
- American Diabetes Association: “Low-Calorie Sweeteners”
- American Heart Association / SPLENDA® Infographic, “Life is Sweet… with these Easy Sugar Swaps”
- Center for Public Health Nutrition Infographic, "The Facts on Low Calorie Sweeteners"
- Crowdtap / SPLENDA® Infographic, "The Sweet Side of Summer Beverages"
- Simple Cooking with HeartTM Initiative / SPLENDA® Infographic, "Sip Smarter"