How Splendid Is 'Splenda'?By Dr. Ted Showalter8-8-3What is Splenda?It's the artificial sweetener sucralose, which is sold under the name splenda. It's one of the up-and-coming high-intensity sugar substitutes. It is about 600 times sweeter than white tablesugar and is non-caloric. The sweetness can vary depending on the food application from 320 to1000 times sweeter than sucrose (white table sugar). The intensity of sucralose is much moreintense in sweetness than sugar, even though it looks about the same as sugar.How it is manufacturedSucralose is produced by chlorinating sugar (sucrose). This involves chemically changing thestructure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups.Safety ConcernsVery few studies exist on sucralose. According to Endurance News there are only 19 studiesthat have been performed, yet sucralose was approved for use by the FDA in 1998. Just to giveyou an example of how few studies sucralose has, saccharin, which has been around for a whilehas 2374 studies according to Endurance News. Many of the studies on sucralose so far havebeen reported by the FDA to have "inconclusive" results.