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SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) Fact vs Fiction: Clearing Up Confusion about Chlorine

April 8, 2014

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Myth: Sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) contains chlorine and, therefore, must cause side effects or be harmful.


  • Chlorine is a naturally-occurring chemical element, one of the basic building blocks of matter.
  • The most common natural chlorine compound on Earth is sodium chloride or table salt.
  • Chlorine is a natural component of salt; found in many foods, such as lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms and peanut butter. Chlorine is also part of more complex molecules naturally found in other foods such as lentils, peas, and potatoes.
  • Chlorine is added to most public drinking water supplies.

So, where does this unsubstantiated myth about sucralose and chlorine originate?
Chlorine is used in a process that modifies sucrose (table sugar) to result in the exceptionally stable no-calorie sweetener called sucralose. The chlorine atoms in sucralose prevent it from being broken down in the body for energy, thus rendering it non-caloric. It also is not “stored” in the body.

The Bottom Line?
Extensive research shows that SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) can be used safely by everyone, and there is no cause for concern about safety due to the presence of chlorine. Moreover, sucralose is one of the most rigorously tested food ingredients on the market, and has been the subject of more than 110 scientific studies during more than 20 years of research. It has been used internationally since 1991, with regulatory authorities deeming that it is a safe sweetener. 

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.

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April 8, 2014  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Debunk the Junk Science, Sugar Substitutes


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