Our customers often ask us questions about Drop Drip’s ingredients. For the most part, each dose is made up of natural ingredients, like sucrose, or sugar; fructose, which is sugar derived from fruit; and sea salt. One ingredient, though, that piques customer curiosity is sucralose.
We’re in the process of updating our FAQ section. And we wanted to take this chance to share some information we’ve collected and answer some common sucralose-related questions we receive.
What is Sucralose Exactly? And How Is It Used In Drip Drop?
Sucralose is a no-calorie sweetener that many people know as Splenda. It is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and it’s used widely in foods and drinks to improve taste, without adding calories.
The small amount of sucralose in Drip Drop is used to improve taste. This is necessary because Drip Drop contains a strong dose of salt that reverses dehydration by encouraging fluid retention and faster water absorption in the body. But, as good as salt is at reversing dehydration, it can be overwhelming to the palate. This is a major reason why sports drinks are loaded with sugar.
Sucralose enables Drip Drop to maintain a great taste without diluting the formula’s hydration power with excess sugar. Put another way: Drip Drop contains 2-3 times the electrolytes of sports drinks, but with a third of the calories.
What Does the Research Say?
Sucralose was first approved by FDA in 1998, based on more than 100 studies examining the effects of sucralose on humans and animals. Since then, researchers have continued to study sucralose, and to date, no substantial evidence has been linked to adverse health effects.
Currently, groups like the American Cancer Association, Health Canada, the World Health Organization and European Food Safety Authority have deemed sucralose safe for everyone. So why do health concerns remain?
Well, most recently, in 2012, an Italian research group declared that sucralose was linked to cancer in rats. The study was never published in a peer-reviewed science journal, and the FDA has openly criticized the lab for this study as well as previous studies. Nevertheless, the study generated plenty of misleading news headlines.
How Much Sucralose is In Drip Drop?
The FDA’s Acceptable Daily Intake for sucralose is 5 mg per kg, so for a 150-pound person that’s roughly 340 milligrams (Or about 30 packets each day). The amount of sucralose in Drip Drop is 18 mg per packet.
What else would you like to know about Drip Drop? We’re here to answer your questions, so feel free send us your questions about Drip Drop’s ingredients, how Drip Drop works, or any dehydration science topic that interests you.