Sucralose is an artificial sweetener sold under the Splenda brand name. Sucralose is made by taking regular sugar and replacing certain molecules with chlorine atoms to come up with a no-calorie product that tastes sweet.
Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than regular table sugar and should be used sparingly, according to the Calorie Control Council. As of March 2015, sucralose is used in more than 5,000 foods and beverages worldwide, including chewing gum, soft drinks and frozen dairy desserts. Because sucralose retains its flavor even at high temperatures, it is an appropriate alternative to sugar when used in baking. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found sucralose safe to use for everyone, including pregnant and nursing women, and diabetics. Sucralose was discovered in 1976 at the University of London and was approved for use by the FDA in 1998 after the agency's review of 110 safety studies.