What is the daily limit for Splenda?
Asked by traceymalone on Feb 17, 2009 in Nutrition



I use a LOT of Splenda.  We're talkin' six Splendas in a tall mug of coffee and 8 in a large unsweetened tea.  And I drink three or four coffees a day, typically.


Answer

The accepted daily intake (ADI) for sucralose (Splenda) established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is 5 mg/kg of body weight/day. The ADI is the intake level for a substance that, if maintained each day throughout a person's lifetime, would be considered very safe.  It is determined by measuring the highest dose of the substance that has no effect on experimental animals, then dividing by a safety factor of 100.  To find your ADI for Splenda, divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 and then multiply it by 50.  For example, if you weigh 165 lbs., your weight is 75 kilograms (165 divided by 2.2) and your ADI for sucralose is 375 mg (75 x 5).  Since each one gram packet of Splenda contains 11.9 mg of sucralose, the 165 lb person have safely have 31.5 packets of Splenda a day.  It looks like you are at the ADI for Splenda.


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