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What is sucralose in protein powder?

Sucralose, a zero-calorie artificial sweetener, is used in many, if not most protein powders. It was accidentally discovered in 1976, and popularized in the early 2000s by Splenda, the sweetener in the little yellow packet. 

Sucralose is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, and virtually calorie-free. This might make it seem like a healthy alternative to sugar, but that is far from the truth. Keep reading to learn more.


Is sucralose in protein powder bad?

Sucralose, despite its alluring benefits, is not healthy. For starters, several studies have found little to no relationship between changes in body weight and the use of low-calorie sweeteners. In other words, people who replace sugar with low-calorie sweeteners like sucralose lose, on average, less than two pounds.

One study discovered that people who use low-calorie sweeteners actually gain weight because they indulge themselves after having “saved calories” with their diet soda, sugar-free ice cream, etc. Another study found that eating artificial sweeteners causes sugar cravings.

There are other health-related reasons to avoid sucralose. For instance, researchers believe that artificial sweeteners can alter the composition of your gut microbiome, causing glucose intolerance. Glucose intolerance is an umbrella term for metabolic conditions like type 2 diabetes that cause higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels. A dysbiotic gut microbiome is also a leading driver of inflammation and linked to the development many chronic diseases.


What is the best sucralose-free protein powder?

Instead of using artificial sweeteners like sucralose, we sweeten our protein powders with maple sugar or monk fruit.

Maple sugar comes from the sap of sugar maple trees. It is one of the most natural (least processed) sugars, and has several unique health benefits. For starters, maple sugar has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar, which means it has a smaller impact on blood sugar levels. This can help with weight loss and lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Maple sugar, unlike refined sugar, also contains minerals and antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation, the silent killer that contributes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other conditions. If you are going to use a sweetener, use maple sugar.

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Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo, is a sub-tropical melon-like fruit native to Southeast Asia. Monk fruit sweetener is made by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is dried into a concentrated powder. It is over 200 times sweeter than sugar thanks to non-caloric compounds called mogrosides.

Given that monk fruit sweetener has only been commercially available for about a decade, its impact on, and association with, chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes has not been well documented. That said, monk fruit has been safely used in Asian cuisine for centuries and has no known side effects, even when consumed in large quantities. Moreover, small randomized trials have shown that monk fruit sweetener does not negatively impact blood sugar or insulin levels.

Not only are maple sugar and monk fruit among the most natural sweeteners on the planet, but they are also some of the most delicious. Both taste like real sugar without much, if any, aftertaste. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose, on the other hand, activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors, giving them an unpleasant aftertaste.

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In case you were wondering, we do not sweeten any of our protein powders with stevia. Stevia, although celebrated as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, may not be as natural as you think. It is extracted from the stevia rebaudiana plant using chemicals like ethanol and methyl alcohol.

This, some argue, makes it no more natural than the artificial sweeteners that it seeks to replace. In fact, a recent class action lawsuit filed in California reached a $6.1 million settlement because it was ruled that the company in question falsely labeled and advertised its stevia sweeteners as “natural.”

Stevia also activates bitter taste receptors. Many people, ourselves included, cannot stand stevia for this reason. If you are sick of protein powders with that fake sugar aftertaste, give drink wholesome a try. It is hands down the best non sucralose protein powder.


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