SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener & Your Health
Other SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Health Myths
Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener causes cancer or increases the risk of cancer.
Fact: Sucralose has been found to be non-carcinogenic in studies designed specifically to assess cancer-causing potential. At extremely high doses, sucralose did not cause cancer or promote its development or onset. These studies were designed according to rigorous international standards. Repeated, independent, and critical review of these studies by public health and safety experts has resulted in the unanimous conclusion that sucralose is safe and non carcinogenic.
The National Cancer Institute confirms this assessment:
"Sucralose [SPLENDA®] was approved by the FDA as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. Before approving sucralose, the FDA viewed more than 100 safety studies that were conducted, including studies to assess cancer risk. The results of these studies showed no evidence that these sweeteners cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health."
National Cancer Institute
Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener contains chlorine and, therefore, must be dangerous.
Fact: Chlorine is a natural part of salt, which is found in many foods, like lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, melons, and peanut butter, and is added to most public water supplies. Chlorine is also a part of more complex molecules found in such things as lentils, peas, and potatoes. It is a part of daily life.
In the case of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, chlorine is used in a process that alters sugar to create the very stable no-calorie sweetener, sucralose. A large amount of research shows that sucralose can be used safely by everyone and that there is no cause for concern about safety because of chlorine. What's more, SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener does not build up in the body, nor is it broken down to yield any free chlorine or smaller chlorinated molecules, and sucralose is calorie-free.
Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener causes stomach upset.
Fact: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener has no known side effects, including causing any digestive issues. However, sometimes lower-calorie foods, such as sugar-free ice cream, can contain sugar alcohols in addition to SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener. Sugar alcohols (such as mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, and maltitol) are sometimes a cause of gastrointestinal effects 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.
Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, and low calorie sweeteners in general, cause weight gain.
Fact: While it has been suggested by some that no-calorie sweeteners may cause weight gain, these claims are not backed by the collective scientific data. These claims are often based on studies that were not designed to understand actual effects on weight management, and are often of very short duration and involve only a small number of animals. In contrast, studies in people for up to 3 years support that no calorie sweeteners can be useful in weight management strategies. Additionally, rigorous, large studies in rats that received sucralose at doses equal in sweetness to over 40 pounds of sugar per day over a lifetime showed that sucralose does not cause increases in body weight. There are a lot of data that support that sucralose and other no-calorie sweeteners can be useful in strategies for weight management.
Myth: SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener causes headaches.
Fact: Research does not support that sucralose causes headaches. Sucralose has no known side effects. Headaches and migraines are very common events and can be caused by many things. 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