Sucralose? You decide.
The question I receive the most has to do with Sucralose, and why M would use it 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’s a deal-breaker!” So, should we be concerned that M uses it in its products?
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.
Claims in support of Sucralose:
Sucralose occurs through a patented, multi-step process that starts with real sugar, then 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’s not broken down in the body, so it doesn’t provide any calories.)
The little bit that is absorbed gets excreted through urine and doesn’t accumulate.
Sucralose has been researched for more than 20 years, with more than 100 safety studies.
Sucralose appears to be safe for pregnant and nursing women.
Sucralose is safe for diabetic use.
Sucralose has been approved for use in over 80 countries, including the European Union, which is notoriously conservative and cautious in their food and supplement regulations.
Claims not in support of Sucralose:
The main source of information comes from research performed on animals. (There have been no long-term human toxicity studies published, with the longest lasting only three months.)
There are no studies on children or pregnant women.
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 Sucralose is absorbed into the digestive system, and not excreted for up to (and possibly 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 per day
Canada—9mg per kg of body weight per day
EU/Australia—15mg per kg of body weight per day
Assuming an average person’s weight of 75kg (165 lb.), one could consume the following every day for 60+ years and still not be at risk, according to the ADI:
These numbers are based on actual amounts of Sucralose used in the M•stiks and today’s research, recognized as safe even if you consumed those amounts every day for the rest of your life.
Whatever your position, this information should provide at least some sense of relief as to the lack of risk associated with Sucralose and the M•stiks.
If you need any more data, it should be noted that some form of Sucralose can be found in over 4,000 everyday products. If you have any of these products on your shelves, you already may be a steady consumer of Sucralose:
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