Dr. Keith on Sucralose
Sucralose? You Decide.
The question I receive the most is a question concerning the health risks surrounding sucralose (Splenda) and why it is used as a sweetener in a few of the M•STIKs. Being a healthcare provider and doing the research on both sides, there is one thing I can say with 100% certainty, and that is…EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION. These opinions range from “I don’t care” to “That is a deal breaker!” So, should we be concerned that M uses it in their GO, Soul, and Trim?
This is one question I must leave to you. As this is obviously a hot topic, I will forego my personal opinion and present both sides of the argument. Hopefully, by doing so, you will be in a better position to answer this question for yourselves.
- Sucralose occurs through a patented, multi-step process that starts with real sugar and selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener that tastes like sugar but without sugar’s calories.
- Sucralose enters and leaves the body as sucralose with little absorption. It is not broken down in the body and so does not provide any calories.
- The little bit that is absorbed gets excreted through urine and doesn’t accumulate.
- Sucralose has been the topic of over 100 safety studies and 20 years of research.
- Sucralose is safe for pregnant and nursing women.
- Sucralose is safe for diabetic use.
- 80 countries have approved the use of sucralose.
- There have been no long-term human toxicity studies published until after the FDA approved sucralose for human consumption.
- The human toxicity trial only lasted three months.
- There are no studies on children or pregnant women.
- Research on animals is the main source of information.
- This type of sugar molecule does not occur naturally, and so the body doesn’t possess the ability to properly metabolize it.
- As much as 15% of the sucralose is absorbed into the digestive system, and not excreted for up to and beyond three days after.
- Healthy individuals may be at higher risk for breaking down and absorbing sucralose in the stomach and intestines.
Now, this may be enough for many of you to come to a conclusion…But for those of you who need more information before passing judgment please read on.
Since safety is at the very core of our discussion, we must consider at what quantities sucralose is considered safe. To do this, we need to consider the ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake) of sucralose.
Definition of ADI:
The Acceptable Daily Intake of a substance is the daily amount, if maintained over a lifetime, found to be 100 times lower (1/100th) than the amount considered safe in studies conducted to detect potential safety risks.
For sucralose that would be:
United States—5mg/per kg of body weight /day
Canada—9mg/ per kg of body weight /day
EU/Australia—15mg/ per kg of body weight /day
With consideration to the amount of Sucralose in the M•STIKs and assuming an average weight of 75kg (165 lb.), we could consume the following every day over our lifetime and still not be at risk according to the ADI:
United States– 100 GO•STIKs
Canada– 180 GO•STIKs
EU/Australia 300 GO•STIKs
These numbers are not inflated and they are based on actual amounts of sucralose used in the M•STIKs and today’s research. These are daily amounts considered to be safe. The caffeine in four GO•STIKs per day is potentially more unsafe than the sucralose found in 100, 180, or 300 GO•STIKs depending on your location.
Whichever side of the fence you are on, this should give you some sense of relief as to the health risk associated with sucralose and the M•STIKs.
Now, there is one last piece of information that warrants mention. Sucralose (Splenda) is in over 4,000 everyday products such as:
- Dairy (low-fat flavored milk, light yogurt, low-fat coffee creamer)
- Cereals & Cereal Bars
- Desserts (light pudding, light ice cream, popsicles)
- Snack Foods (light canned fruit, reduced calorie packed goods)
- Beverages (light juice, iced/hot tea, diet sodas)
- Syrups & Condiments
- Nutritional Products & Dietary Supplements
If you have any of these products in your house or on your shelves, chances are you already are a steady consumer of sucralose. Perhaps ignorance truly is bliss.
With the facts laid out before you, you are now equipped to make an educated decision as to whether or not you chose to use the M•STIKs that contain sucralose. And the verdict is…