Is Sucralose Bad For You?
Answer: No. It isn’t. But let us explain why.
Sucralose is effectively sugar that has had three hydroxyl groups substituted with chlorine and salt component to prevent the molecule from being broken down in the body for energy. It is the closest of the low-calorie sweeteners to natural sugar available today.
There has been a lot of the bad rep on Sucralose online that states Sucralose as a possible carcinogenic. However, the majority of these group studies on Sucralose is from questionable institutes such as the Ramazzini Institute. The work of the Ramazzinni Institute has repeatedly been found to be unreliable and unreproducible, especially in the area of lymphoma and leukemia. No regulatory agency has changed or proposed to change its opinion on the safety of any sweetener based on the work of the Ramazzini Institute. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has publicly stated that they will not rely on the lymphoma and leukemia data from the Ramazzini Institute.
The safety of Sucralose has been confirmed through decades of scientific research. Following significant review, global regulatory agencies and standard setting bodies, such as the FDA, Health Canada, EFSA and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Commission of Food Additives (JECFA). All of these sources have supported the safe use of low-calorie sweeteners in food and beverage products.
Additionally, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has stated, “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.” Through robust review, authorities have substantiated that low-calorie sweeteners do not cause cancer, a position supported by NCI.
The evidence from hundreds of studies has led to every single regulatory authority concluding that Sucralose is safe for human consumption.
Outside resources confirming studies:
Natural Resources Defense Council – https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sass/us-government-review-selected-ramazzini-institute-chemical-toxicity-studies