It’s human nature to crave the sugary goodness of a sweet treat. I mean really, who doesn’t love cookies, cake, candy, and all other sweets?
But there’s just one sad problem. They’re loaded with sugar!
If there’s one thing most nutrition experts agree on it’s that too much sugar is bad for you.
Not only does sugar undermine your fat burning efforts, but too much of it can lead to a number of negative health effects. There’s a strong link between a diet high in sugar and an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even heart disease.
That doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of all things sweet forever though!
Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are growing in popularity as sugar substitutes, and they’ve found their way into many of the foods and beverages you consume.
One of the most common alternative sweeteners is sucralose. In fact, it’s what we use as a sweetener in our awesome IdealLean Protein, BCAAs, pre-workout, and other IdealFit products.
You may have heard of sucralose, but you probably have questions. I’m here to answer them all!
What Is Sucralose
Sucralose is a sugar substitute made from sucrose (table sugar).
Even though it begins as sugar, sucralose is chemically altered during the production process and its caloric value is removed.
The product is a non-nutritive sweetener that tastes sweet but provides no calories, carbs, or nutritional value.
Sucralose is about 600x sweeter than sugar, so only a very small amount is needed to sweeten foods.
Since it’s so sweet, some sucralose-based sweeteners are combined with other ingredients to reduce the sweetness intensity.
Sucralose is a common ingredient in everything from chewing gum, to coffee creamer, protein shakes, bars, soda & other beverages, dairy products, and just about every sugar-free food you can think of. It’s also the primary ingredient in Splenda.
Is Sucralose Bad for You
A big question on the mind of many people is whether sucralose is hazardous to your health.
The short answer to this question is no, sucralose is not bad for you.
The FDA concluded that sucralose was safe for human consumption and approved it for commercial use in 1998. They reviewed the findings of over 110 research studies during this process!
But why all the negativity? The speculation about sucralose can be primarily attributed to skepticism surrounding all artificial sweeteners that stems from some bad publicity thrown at them decades ago.
In the 1970’s, before alternative sweeteners were as widely used as they are today, a study was published linking saccharin (the earliest artificial sweetener) to cancer in lab rats. Over the years, serious questions regarding the methods and results of this study have arisen causing experts to question its validity.
Despite the fact that this study was focused only on saccharin, and that these results were never observed in human trials, the public response was that of fear and anger. This eventually led to a distrust of all low- and no-calorie sugar substitutes.
Despite the negative attitude many have toward sucralose, over 100 studies (like this one) dating back more than 2 decades have shown sucralose to be safe for use as a sugar-free sweetener in food.
Recommended Daily Amount
This limit is well below the amount shown to be safe in research studies. However, 5 mg is still more than what the average person is likely to consume in a single day.
Since sucralose is so sweet, a very small amount is present in the products it sweetens. To put it in perspective, you would need to consume 23 packets of Splenda to hit 5 mg of sucralose.
A single serving of IdealLean Protein delivers 0.31mg of sucralose, less than 1/16th of the acceptable daily intake.
Since we’re dealing with such small amounts, it isn’t really necessary to actively limit your consumption of sucralose-sweetened products for fear of getting more than the recommended daily amount.