Sucralose belongs to artificial sweeteners. It has no caloric value but provides with sweet taste similar to sugar. As a matter of fact sucralose is approximately 600 times as sweet as regular sugar. This substance is an excellent sugar substitute especially for people who are not allowed to consume too much sugar such as diabetic patients. Still, apart from having many positive effects sucralose may also be associated with some side effects.
Sucralose was approved by the FDA and different other national as well as international safety regulatory bodies. It is, by definition, an artificial zero calorie sweetener. Comparing to saccharin, sucralose is two times sweeter and up to three and a half times sweeter than aspartame. This chemical is widely used for production of products with longer expiration dates. Furthermore, its taste makes sucralose more appealing comparing to other sweeteners.
Side Effects of Sucralose - Does the Intake of Sucralose may affect Pregnancy?
There has been quite a debate regarding sucralose side effects. The first issue is associated with chlorine, a substance found in sucralose which is considered a powerful carcinogen. Even though manufacturers claim that the amount of this carcinogen is actually the same as its content in table salt, many people (especially scientists) refuse to admit this claim.
Some of different side effects of sucralose include nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, weight loss, dizziness, headache and fatigue. The mentioned side effects are not so serious comparing to severe diarrhea, blurred vision, shortness of breath, panic attract, confusion and body pain all of which may also develop due to consumption of sucralose.
Certain studies have confirmed that this artificial sweetener may cause shrinking of the thymus gland, atrophy of lymph follicles of the spleen and thymus, increase of the size of the liver and kidney as well as reduced growth rate in laboratory animals. The substance may also affect production of blood cells and cause many problems during pregnancy (decreased fetal body weight, decreased placental weight, extension of the pregnancy period, still births, abortion, decreased birth weight etc.). Due to all the previously mentioned pregnant women, breastfeeding women and those trying to conceive are not supposed to consume sucralose. Therefore, pay attention when buying products which may contain sucralose and make sure you have always checked whether a product you are planning to consume contains sucralose.
One more serious side effect of sucralose is an allergic reaction to this substance. All, in all, the number of side effects as well as their intensity once people start to consume sucralose are individual.