Like it or not, sugar is bad for you. It rots your teeth, turns to fat around your middle, and puts you at risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. A sweet tooth can be mighty difficult to ignore. Therefore, a lot of effort has gone into researching and developing artificial sweeteners that will please the taste buds without the excess calories. Sucralose is one such artificial sweetener. Before reaching for that little yellow packet, read on to learn just what sucralose is and why you may want to take a pass on using it to sweeten your foods.
8. What Is Sucralose?
Sucralose also goes by the brand name Splenda. It is made from table sugar molecules that have been altered to yield a highly sweet agent that contains no calories or carbohydrates. While this sweetener has zero calories, it also has no nutritional value. Furthermore, your body does not break down sucralose and it mainly passes through your body intact. Since sucralose is 600 times sweeter than table sugar, a smaller amount is required when using it as a sugar substitute in recipes.
7. Where You May Find It
Sucralose is a popular sugar substitute found in many food products. Diet sodas, sugarless gum, powdered beverage mixes, and frozen desserts may contain sucralose. It should not come as a surprise that soft drinks and gum must contain some type of sweetener. However, sometimes sucralose pops up in unexpected places. For example, Ocean Spray’s Reduced Sugar Craisins Dried Cranberries contain both cane sugar and sucralose. When purchasing products that claim to have “no added sugar”, check the label. The manufacturer may have added sucralose or another artificial sweetener in place of or in addition to cane sugar.