Sucralose is a calorie-free artificial sweetener derived from sucrose.
In the European Union (EU), it is also known under the E number E955. Sucralose is about 650 times sweeter than sugar, twice as sweet as saccharin, and three times as sweet as aspartame. It is stable under heat and over a broad range of pH conditions. Therefore, it can be used in baking or in products that require a longer shelf life. Common brand names of sucralose-based sweeteners are Splenda, Candys, Zerocal, Sukrana, SucraPlus, Cukren and Nevella.
Valued for having no bitter aftertaste, sucralose-based products are found in a broad range of low-calorie foods, including table top sweeteners, fizzy drinks, chewing gum, baking mixes, breakfast cereals, canned fruit and salad dressings. Because it is very sweet, sucralose is often mixed with other sweetening ingredients that are not calorie-free, such as dextrose or maltodextrin, in order to dilute its intense sweetness.
Is It Safe?
When consumed, most of the sucralose is not absorbed by the body - between 8% and 20% enters the blood but is removed through urine. Therefore, according to the EU's Scientific Committee on Food (SCF), repeated consumption of sucralose is "unlikely" to lead to accumulation in the body. Although there have been some reports that sucralose could trigger migraines and harm the immune system, the SCF has declared sucralose safe for human consumption: “sucralose does not promote tooth decay, is not harmful to the immune system, does not cause cancer, infertility, pose a risk to pregnancy or affect blood sugar levels”.