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Is SPLENDA® Safe: Myths

"Is SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Safe for You?": Addressing the Myths

April 22, 2015
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Fact or fiction? True or false? Myth or reality? Real or make believe?

However you want to say it, there are solid, scientifically proven facts about the safety of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) available to the inquiring public and to health professionals who choose to read and understand these facts. Unfortunately, due to proliferation of misinformation on the Internet, there also is an abundance of fiction that is not substantiated.

Previously on SPLENDA LIVING™, we addressed many of the scientific facts that support the use of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose); likewise, in doing so, we have debunked many of the myths over the past two years over the potential for sucralose side effects. Given that you may have missed some of this vital information, let me summarize it for you.

SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Side Effects: Myth or Reality?

This is an excellent blog prepared by one of my colleagues that specifically discusses myths across the Internet related to the topic “is SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener bad for you” (or “is sucralose bad for you”). I had to chuckle though at the “Can freshly roasted turkey make you sneeze?” story! While there are so many anecdotal stories about food floating around, that was a new one to me.

Sometimes I have seen social media comments about sucralose and certain effects like gastrointestinal discomfort or bloating, allergies/allergic reactions, or headaches. Want to know the facts about the supposed sucralose side effects? Registered dietitian Robyn Flipse explains, “It’s good to know the best scientific evidence available tells us there are no side effects from sucralose, so if you hear rumors about them, don’t be misled by anecdotal information. Instead, check out the facts on Snopes.com (make sure you read the Snopes.com response, past the “example” provided) – and lay the myths to rest!”

When further addressing anecdotal claims about sucralose possibly causing gastrointestinal issues, another of Ms. Flipse’s blogs debunks the myths around sucralose side effects by going into more detail about this topic and how the body uses sucralose.

She explains, “Digestive problems such as bloating and gas are often due to undigested material passing through the gut, which is then fermented by the friendly bacteria residing there. This does not happen with sucralose. Just as sucralose is not fermented by the bacteria in the mouth (so it does not contribute to tooth decay), it is not fermented by the bacteria in the gut either, so it won’t produce gas and bloating.”

Keep in mind that some lower-calorie foods, such as sugar-free ice cream, contain sugar alcohols in addition to SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener. Sugar alcohols (such as mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, and maltitol) are sometimes a cause of stomach upset or gastrointestinal problems in sensitive individuals, if too much is eaten. If you think you are sensitive to sugar alcohols, or other particular food ingredients, the product label with its ingredient listing can help you choose foods that are suited to your needs.

What about headaches? Sucralose is not known to produce changes in the body that are associated with headaches or migraines. For example, sucralose has no known effects on vasodilation (opening of blood vessels) or blood pressure. Studies show no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels and there are no known effects on the nervous system.

Does SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Cause Cancer?: True or False?

As I noted in a previous blog that delivers the answer to the question, ”Does SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener cause cancer?”, this Internet-driven work of fiction that circulated recently has been thoroughly debunked.

The unanimous conclusion by health and safety experts is that sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer. Sucralose has been found to be non-carcinogenic in studies designed specifically to assess cancer-causing potential, even at extremely high doses.

If you have any doubts I encourage you to visit all of the sources provided in the blog I’ve referred to (via links to the original documents provided) to educate yourself.  Be your own fact-finder and share this information with those who are less informed on this topic.

Sucralose Has Been Rigorously Tested and Proven Safe

SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) has no known side effects.

Sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, is one of the most rigorously tested food additives on the market, and has been the subject of more than 110 scientific studies during more than 20 years of research.

The bottom line?:

SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener is a safe alternative for sugar.

Regulatory, health, and food safety authorities worldwide have concluded that sucralose is safe for use by everyone. And if you have been watching the news lately, you have been hearing more and more from health professionals about the need to reduce our added sugar intake. I have been telling my family and friends for a long time to cut back on added sugars, and I also tell them they can feel confident using sucralose in place of sugar to help reduce their sugar intake.

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

For more information that falls under the topic of Fact vs. Fiction, please visit this page on the SPLENDA LIVING™ blog.

April 22, 2015  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Debunk the Junk Science, Sugar Substitutes

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