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Debunking Sucralose Side Effects: Does Sucralose Cause Gas?

August 11, 2015
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I have been compensated for my time by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog With Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.

Having been involved with food and food science issues for decades, I frequently shake my head in disbelief when I come across opinionated individuals who think they know all about food. Thanks to the flood of information on the Internet, many individuals can come across as an “expert.” You probably know friends or family who think they have all of the facts and freely espouse their opinions about food issues when given the chance.

When it comes to food and food ingredients, the flood gates of these self-appointed “experts” are always wide open. However, when it gets right down to the “nitty gritty,” one has to question if these individuals really know what they are talking about based on their sources.

Let’s take low-calorie sweeteners and look at sucralose in particular, and the erroneous association some people make between consumption of sucralose and bloating or “gassy” stomachs. Yes, intestinal gas. Far too often, there are unsubstantiated claims made about negative effects that sucralose might have on one’s gastrointestinal (GI) health.

We have addressed this topic in previous blogs about supposed “sucralose dangers” but it is well worth repeating. From a scientific perspective, consumption of sucralose is not related to the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract nor is it the cause of bloating. Sucralose simply is not a substance that bacteria “ferment” in one’s “gut” that would result in gas during the digestive process.

If gas and bloating do arise when a person is using sucralose, it is not a sucralose side effect. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, there are a variety of reasons for gas and bloating, including the consumption of certain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gut.

Some lower-calorie foods contain sugar alcohols (also known as polyols, such as sorbitol, maltitol, or xylitol). Sugar alcohols are sometimes a cause of stomach upset or gastrointestinal problems in sensitive individuals, if too much is eaten. If you think you are sensitive to sugar alcohols, or other particular food ingredients, the product label with its ingredient listing can help you choose foods that are suited to your needs.

As stated above, sucralose is not fermentable so it is not the culprit if you ever feel bloated!

So there you have it – some factual information that you can share when those “experts” who are not up to speed on the science try to tell you that sucralose is causing you GI distress. It is just a lot of hot air!

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.
 

To read more facts (vs. fiction) about sucralose, please visit our Fact vs. Fiction section.

August 11, 2015  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Debunk the Junk Science

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