For those who don’t know yet, sucralose is one of the 5 FDA approved sweeteners (with no nutritional value) which presently seems to be found in more and more processed foods on the market. To be more precise, it’s found in around forty five hundred beverage and food products worldwide. It’s mostly used in order to have the calorie content in beverages and foods reduced, yet as of late people have started accusing side effects from it. That being said, how safe is it actually?
Is Sucralose Bad For You: FDA approves?
The FDA, after evaluating, deemed it safe for human consumption, as it doesn’t have any neurological, reproductive and carcinogenic risks for humans. The results that lead them to believe so lie in the dozens of tests that were done in various laboratories on animals. To point out an average, Americans actually consume one point one milligrams per kilogram of sucralose on a daily basis, while the FDA recommends the safe consumption of five milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. Yet does this actually mean that it is safe? It seems that this depends on everyone’s definition of “bad”.
Is It Dangerous For You?
The fact is that sucralose has already been approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and also WHO, so facts to speak in favor of it. Regarding to dangers, it has also been suggested that people suffering from diabetes can intake sucralose, as it won’t affect their disease. Yet it’s always wise to consult with your dietitian before resorting to artificial sweeteners. Last but not least, it is safe for humans, as long as it’s not ingested in large quantities and absorbed by the body.
Does It affect human health?
This ingredient is actually engineered chemically so that the human body is unable to digest it. Because the body cannot digest it, it will excrete it directly in the feces. Only around eleven to twenty seven percent of the same will get to be absorbed by the human body from the GI tract, of which only twenty to thirty percent will get to be metabolized. The remaining will be removed from the bloodstream by kidneys and then eliminated through urine.
Sucralose is actually very sweet, around six hundred times sweeter than sugar, so very small quantities of it are used in food and beverage products. Even so, there will be traces of sucralose left in the human body; traces which the FDA confirms are not harmful. Because it’s also highly soluble, it doesn’t harm people when they have it in small quantities.
Why do people complain?
When sucralose is made, chlorine is used and that is why it has been accused of harming people. Because chlorine is carcinogen, it is possible that it becomes responsible of some of the side effects that people have been struggling with, numbering headaches, skin irritations, GI problems and so on. There are even some experts advising pregnant women to not ingest sucralose, as they might yield developmental complications in the fetus. On top of that, some studies connect splenda with anxiety and depression.
Splenda is sucralose. Some facts on it:
1. It is a chlorocarbon
2. Up to 27% of sucralose that is ingested is absorbed into the body by the digestive system
3. Long-term human studies have not been performed.
Research in animals has been done before it was approved by the FDA, reported the following side effects:
- Shrunken thymus glands (up to 40%)
- Enlarged liver and kidneys.
- Reduced growth rate
- Decreased red blood cell count
- Aborted pregnancy
- Decreased fetal body weights and placental weights
The Human Side Effects:
Since its’ approval, thousands of consumers have reported health problems related to using Splenda. The most common are listed below:
- Skin Rashes
- Episodes of Anxiety and Panic
- Dizziness and Numbness
- Muscle aches
- Bladder issues
- Stomach pain