Sucralose is the most widely used artificial sweetener in the U.S. Most commonly sold under the brand name Splenda, the chemical is used in over 6,000 food products.
It is often found in “diet” sodas including Diet Coke with Splenda, Diet Pepsi with Splenda, as well as Gatorade’s Propel Water, low-calorie Kool-Aid, Atkins Diet products and other low-calorie foods and drinks.
Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories. Although it has been marketed as a healthy product that can help fend off obesity and diabetes, sucralose consumption has been linked to leukemia, weight gain, obesity, diabetes, liver inflammation, metabolic dysfunction and other illnesses.