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What is SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener?
How is SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener made?
What research has been conducted to confirm the safety of SPLENDA®?
Is SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetner a sugar product?
Is sucralose (or SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener) natural?
Do products sweetened with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener carry any warning labels or information statements?
How is sucralose handled by the body?
Can women who are pregnant or nursing use SPLENDA® or products with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener?
Is SPLENDA® safe for children?
Can people with diabetes use SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener?
What type of products contain SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener?
What is the role of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in a healthy diet?


What is SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener?

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener contains sucralose (SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener), the no calorie sweetener made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar, with no unpleasant aftertaste. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener can be used virtually anywhere sugar is used. It can also be used in cooking and baking in a variety of recipes. Like many no and low calorie sweeteners, each serving of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener contains a very small amount of common food ingredients, e.g., dextrose and/or maltodextrin, for volume. Because the amount of these ingredients is so small, SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener still has an insignificant calorie value per serving and meets FDA's standards for "no calorie" sweeteners.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener comes in two forms for consumers, granular and packet. The granular form of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener measures and pours just like sugar. SPLENDA® Packets provide a convenient way to add sweetness without guilt!

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How is SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener made?

SPLENDA® is the brand name for the ingredient sucralose. It is made through a patented, multi-step process that starts with sugar and converts it to a no calorie, non-carbohydrate sweetener. The process selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. Chlorine is present naturally in many of the foods and beverages that we eat and drink every day ranging from lettuce, mushrooms and table salt. In the case of sucralose, its addition converts sucrose to sucralose, which is essentially inert. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but without sugar's calories. After consumption, sucralose passes through the body without being broken down for energy, so it has no calories, and the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate.

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What research has been conducted to confirm the safety of SPLENDA®?

The company is extremely proud of the strong clinical database that supports the safety of sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, and we recognize that this strong safety evidence is one of the many reasons why SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener has been the number one low calorie sweetener in the U.S. market place for more than three years.

The safety of sucralose is well documented in more than 100 scientific studies conducted over a 20-year period. In addition, sucralose and, specifically, the safety data on sucralose, has been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other national regulatory agencies, as well as by international health authorities such as the World Health Organization, and found to be safe for use by all consumers, including children, pregnant women and people with diabetes.

Sucralose has been available in international markets for more than 13 years. The FDA first approved the use of sucralose as a nonnutritive sweetener in 1998 and expanded this approval in 1999. Currently, sucralose is permitted for use in over 80 countries and it has never been required to carry any safety information or warning statements on its labeling.

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Is SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener a sugar product?

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener is not sugar, it is a non-caloric alternative to sugar. It gets its sweetness from sucralose (also known as SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener), which is made from sugar so it tastes like sugar. SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener is manufactured through a patented multi-step process that starts with cane sugar and selectively replaces 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with 3 chlorine atoms. Chlorine is present naturally in many of the foods and beverages that we eat and drink every day ranging from lettuce, mushrooms and table salt. In the case of sucralose, its addition converts sucrose to sucralose.

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Is sucralose (or SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener) natural?

Sucralose (or SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener), the high intensity sweetener used in the SPLENDA® Products is not natural. It is a no calorie sweetener that is made from a process that starts with sugar. Although sucralose has a structure like sugar and a sugar-like taste, it is not natural. The advertising and packaging for SPLENDA® Products do not represent the product as “natural.”

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Do products sweetened with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener carry any warning labels or information statements?

No. The regulatory agencies and scientific review bodies that have approved the use of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener have not required any warning or special information statements to be placed on the labels of products sweetened with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener.
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How is sucralose handled by the body?

Although sucralose is made from sugar, the body does not recognize it as sugar or a carbohydrate. It is not metabolized by the body for energy, so it is calorie-free.


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Can women who are pregnant or nursing use SPLENDA® or products with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener?

Yes. The FDA has approved the use of sucralose (or SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener) for the general population and imposed no restrictions on its consumption by pregnant women and nursing mothers. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener may be used as part of a healthy prenatal and postnatal diet.

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Is SPLENDA® safe for children?

Yes. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener can be a great addition to healthy meal plans for children.

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Can people with diabetes use SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener?

Yes. Numerous studies have shown that SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, or sucralose, is suitable for people with diabetes. Sucralose is not recognized by the body as sugar or as a carbohydrate. It is not metabolized by the body for energy and does not affect blood glucose levels. Sucralose has no effect on carbohydrate metabolism or insulin secretion. Foods and beverages sweetened with SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener can provide good-tasting, lower-calorie alternatives for people with diabetes who are interested in reducing their calorie or sugar intake. As always, people with diabetes should consult their doctors or diabetes healthcare professionals for advice on an individualized dietary plan.


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What type of products contain SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener?

SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener makes possible low- or reduced-calorie versions of a wide variety of products due to its unique stability.

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What is the role of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in a healthy diet?

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener may be used as part of a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods in moderate portions. Because SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener tastes like sugar and can be used for cooking and baking, it helps meet consumer demand for good-tasting foods and beverages without all the empty calories of sugar. 

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