Stevia versus sucralose: which sweetener is better to use? Sucralose is a fairly old player in the sugar substitute market. You see it more and more on ingredient lists of “sugar-free” products. But is it also just as healthy to use as stevia? In this article, we will discuss what exactly sucralose is, what the difference is with stevia and which sweetener is better to choose.
What is sucralose?
Sucralose, also called the E-number E955, is an artificial sweetener. This means that sucralose is a chemical with a sweet taste. It is only allowed to add sucralose to soft drinks and food products in Europe since 2004. Because sucralose is officially not a sugar, producers are allowed to list 0% sugar on the packaging.
However, sucralose is actually made from sugar. During the manufacturing process, producers add chlorine atoms to the sucralose molecules. This makes sucralose an artificial sweetener. As a result, our body does not absorb the sucralose. Our bodies simply do not have the ability to process this compound. Our body cannot digest or process the sucralose. That is why our bodies do not absorb the calories.
Sucralose is mainly found in light and "sugar-free" diet products. Sucralose is nearly 600 times sweeter than regular sugar. Therefore, it is more beneficial for many food manufacturers to flavour their products with sucralose. But is this sugar substitute actually healthy to use?
The side effects of sucralose
Sucralose has been approved by food authorities in both America and Europe. Despite this, studies show several negative side effects of the sugar substitute. The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health lists the following possible side effects of sucralose:
- Sucralose can have a negative influence on the bacteria in the mouth and in the intestinal flora;
- Sucralose can potentially become toxic when baked or cooked at high temperatures;
- There are varying results that show that sucralose would have an effect on blood sugar levels and the insulin that is released. This calls the glycemic index of 0 into question
Another recent study (2021) from the Journal of Food & Function shows the effects of sucralose compared to stevia for overweight people. In addition, the results show that sucralose causes inflammatory reactions of the body. This is an effect that can also occur with the consumption of regular sugar. Consumption of stevia, on the other hand, produced an anti-inflammatory response to the test subjects. Thus, these studies show several negative health effects of consuming sucralose.
Stevia versus sucralose
In contrast to sucralose, stevia, or more correctly steviol glycosides, is a sweetener of natural origin. Stevia sweetener comes from the leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant. These leaves contain steviol glycosides. This substance provides a sweet taste. Like sucralose, our body does not absorb steviol glycosides. However, the difference with sucralose is that stevia sweetener is a sweetener of natural origin and producers extract it from the stevia plant. Studies show that there are no negative effects with the daily consumption of stevia. In fact, research results show that consuming stevia can provide health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and more stable blood sugar levels.
All Steviala products are based on stevia and/or erythritol and therefore contain no artificial sweeteners. So you can use Steviala products with confidence, without having to worry about adverse health effects. Steviala sugar substitutes are ideal for baking and cooking. And that without a weird aftertaste! That makes Steviala sugar substitutes the best sweetener choice.
Have you become more interested in the benefits of Stevia Sweetener? Then be sure to read this scientific article Stevia and steviol glycosides by Professor Geuns or read his book, Stevia and Steviol glycosides, the naked truth or politics in the naked.