What the Experts Say

hero_daddy_girlScientific experts around the world support the safety of sucralose and its role in reduced calorie products as part of the fight against rising obesity levels. Below are a few quotes about the benefits and safety of sucralose:

“All low calorie sweeteners used in food and drinks sold in the EU have to undergo rigorous safety testing before being approved by the European Commission. Food ingredient manufacturers have to provide evidence from safety studies showing that the low calorie sweetener in question does not cause any adverse effects, including cancer, that it does not affect reproduction, that it is not stored within the body or metabolised into other potentially unsafe products, and that it does not cause allergic reactions.

As part of the approval process for each low calorie sweetener, an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level is set. The ADI is the estimated amount per kilogram of body weight that a person can consume, on average, every day over a lifetime without risk. This has a huge inbuilt safety margin making it very unlikely that the diet of any individual will ever provide this level.”
— British Nutrition Foundation

“There is adequate evidence, [for sucralose], that there are no concerns about mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, development or reproductive toxicity.”
Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission on Sucralose, September 7, 2000

“In determining the safety of sucralose, FDA reviewed data from more than 110 studies in humans and animals. Many of the studies were designed to identify possible toxic effects including carcinogenic, reproductive and neurological effects. No such effects were found, and FDA’s approval is based on the finding that sucralose is safe for human consumption.”
FDA Talk Paper T98-16.

“The low-calorie sweeteners in the United States all underwent extensive testing before they were approved. Results showed that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. Sucralose is the newest low-calorie sweetener on the market. Sucralose is not affected by heat and retains its sweetness in hot beverages, baked goods, and processed foods.”
American Diabetes Association

“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

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Science and Health Organisations

“Sugar can count for a lot of wasted calories especially if you have one or two spoons full in every drink. Three spoons is three portions from the ‘Fatty and sugary foods’ group so it quickly uses up your limit. Try to wean yourself off it or if you really need the sweet taste, try artificial sweeteners instead.”
British Heart Foundation

Regulatory Authorities

Product and Sweetener Information

International Food Information Council

General Information about Sucralose and Sweeteners

Regulatory Approval

Sucralose underwent the European Food Safety Authority’s rigorous food additive approval process. In 2002 the EU Scientific Committee on Food completed its review of sucralose and published its opinion which concluded that there was an acceptable sweetener for general food use. The UK Food Standards Agency approved sucralose for use in the UK in May 2002. In 2005 sucralose was approved in all EU Member States.
Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission (PDF)