Sucralose, a low calorie sweetener

Since is all about the sugar free life, let's talk a bit about one of the ingredients you hear me refer to: Sucralose, the low calorie sweetener found in SPLENDA®.

Made from sugar
Among sweeteners, Sucralose is the only non-caloric sweetener made from sugar. It has a taste like sugar and can be used to replace sugar in lots of foods and beverages, including home cooking and baking recipes.

Back in 1976, sucralose was discovered. Since then, it's been approved for use in many countries, including those located in the European Union as well as the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia and Japan.

How it's made
To get a bit technical, Sucralose is made from sugar through a process which substitutes three atoms of chlorine for three hydroxyl groups on the sugar molecule. Chlorine is present naturally in many foods and beverages and has a role in biological processes and nature. The presence of chlorine in sucralose produces a sweetener that has no calories, yet is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

Since sucralose is not broken down like sucrose (sugar) and is not utilized for energy in the body, it passes through the body virtually unchanged. Sucralose has been tested for 20 years in more than 100 studies and found to be safe for everyone including pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children of all ages.

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Sucralose use by manufacturers
One advantage of sucralose for food and beverage manufacturers and consumers is its exceptional stability. Sucralose retains its sweetness over a wide range of temperature and storage conditions over time. Because of its unique combination of great sugar like taste coupled with its stability, food manufacturers have used sucralose to create a wide range of great-tasting new foods and beverages. Examples include categories You'll find sucralose in canned fruit, low-calorie fruit drinks, baked goods and sauces and syrups. Sucralose is also used as a sweetener in nutritional supplements, vitamin/mineral supplements, and pharmaceuticals.
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