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Why We Use Sucralose as a Sweetener

What Is Sucralose?


Sucralose is an artificial sweetener which can be up to 1000 times sweeter than Sucrose (table sugar) by weight.[1]  This means that .03g of Sucralose is about as sweet as 30g of table sugar (Sucralose).  Furthermore, most of the Sucralose that passes through the body is never broken down and absorbed.[1]  These two properties are what make Sucralose an ideal artificial sweetener.


No calories!


Let’s face it…the western diet is way too high in refined sugar.  In fact, unless you keep close tabs on what you’re eating, you probably have no idea just how much refined sugar you’re really getting.  So why would we want to add to that by giving you yet another source of refined sugar?  We don’t.  We use Sucralose because it contains no calories.


Sucralose has no impact on blood-sugar and does not spike Insulin!


Artificial Sweeteners have been under attack recently because of research that indicates that some of them may ultimately spike Insulin just like Sugar.  Sucralose has unfortunately been grouped in because it is, after all, an artificial sweetener.  But research clearly shows that Sucralose has no influence on blood sugar or Insulin levels.

A 2009 study compared the effects of Sucrose (table Sugar) to Sucralose, both via direct infusion into the stomach, and found that only Sucrose spiked blood sugar and subsequently insulin.  Sucralose has absolutely no impact on blood sugar or insulin levels.[2] 

These results were replicated in a 2011 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition which found that Sucralose ingestion had no effect on insulin whatsoever in healthy human subjects.[3]


Okay it doesn’t spike insulin, but is it safe?


A number of reviews have been conducted specifically regarding the safety of Sucralose as an artificial sweetener.  Each of these reviews compiled data from dozens of studies and all of them unanimously concluded that Sucralose is safe.[4][5][6]


So if it’s safe, then why all the bad publicity?


Sucralose is unfairly grouped in with other artificial sweeteners, many of which have much more questionable safety profiles.  Any claims that Sucralose is "unsafe" are completely unsubstantiated by modern science.  These claims are predicated by the companies that make “designer” sweeteners as well as supplement companies that use these designer sweeteners in their products to give them a superficial "edge".  The funny thing is, while Sucralose has been extensively researched, many of these so-called superior sweeteners have not been studied in-depth at all.  


The Bottom Line:


At Momentum Nutrition, we pride ourselves on not only making the most effective supplements, but also making sure our products are entirely safe.  This includes both active and inactive ingredients such as sweeteners.  We use Sucralose as a sweetener because it contains no calories and has been extensively researched, with all the research indicating it is entirely safe for human consumption.  Before you decide to cut out all “artificial sweeteners” you should take the time to read the research in order to determine which ones you should really avoid.  The research on Sucralose is quite clear: It’s fine!





References:

 

http://sucralose.org/sucralose-facts/

Ma, Jing, et al. "Effect of the artificial sweetener, sucralose, on gastric emptying and incretin hormone release in healthy subjects." American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 296.4 (2009): G735-G739.

Ford, H. E., et al. "Effects of oral ingestion of sucralose on gut hormone response and appetite in healthy normal-weight subjects." European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 65.4 (2011): 508-513.

Frank, Genevieve. "Sucralose: an overview." Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences (2006).

en Humanos, Toxicidad de la Sucralosa, and Una Revisión. "Toxicity of sucralose in humans: a review." Int. J. Morphol 27.1 (2009): 239-244.

Grotz, V. Lee, and Ian C. Munro. "An overview of the safety of sucralose."Regulatory toxicology and pharmacology 55.1 (2009): 1-5.

 

  • February 01, 2015
  • Matt Theis
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