Is sucralose safe for diabetics?
Is there a sucralose diabetes link?
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), sugar substitutes like sucralose when “used alone or in foods and beverages remain an option and when used appropriately can aid in glucose control” for people with diabetes.
The ADA also says sugar substitutes “may help people reach and maintain a healthy body weight – as long as the substitution doesn’t lead to eating additional calories later as ‘compensation.’”
However, foods or drinks sweetened with sucralose may still have carbohydrates or calories from other ingredients, which may raise your blood sugar. Check next to the Nutrition Facts label on our bottles and cans for the ingredients list.
If you have diabetes and want to know how sucralose can fit into your diet, please speak with your doctor.
Sucralose is commonly known as SPLENDA®.
5 things to know about sucralose
- Sucralose is a no-calorie sugar substitute. It can be used in place of sugar to give you the choice of great-tasting beverages with fewer or no calories.
- It is commonly known by the brand name SPLENDA®.
- It was first approved by the FDA in 1998.
- We use sucralose in Diet Coke with SPLENDA®, Minute Maid Sparkling, POWERADE Zero, DASANI Flavors and some of your other favorites.
- Fun Fact: Sucralose can be used in cooking and baking.
Is sucralose bad for you?
No. Sucralose is a safe ingredient. It has been thoroughly tested in scientific studies and the FDA has confirmed it is safe. The FDA has set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for sucralose. This is how much you can safely have each day. The ADI for sucralose is like a 132-pound adult having 23 tabletop packets every day.
Why does The Coca-Cola Company use sucralose?
While sugar in moderation is fine, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone.
That’s why we make reduced- or no-sugar versions of many of the drinks you love. We want to give you great-tasting choices with fewer or no calories. Sucralose allows us to do this.
How can I tell if my drink has sucralose in it?
We know it’s important for you to have clear facts about your favorite beverages, including the ingredients we use. That’s why we make them simple and easy to find.
One of the first places you can look is the ingredients list next to the Nutrition Facts label. It’s on the back of every can or bottle.
Our SmartLabel™ QR codes on our packaging also include nutrition facts about our Coca-Cola products. So does Our Products page.
Need tips on how to read a nutrition label? Click here.
- American Heart Association/American Diabetes Association Scientific Statement: Non-nutritive sweeteners: A potentially useful option – with caveats
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Sucralose
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Additional information about high-intensity sweeteners permitted for use in food in the United States