The SPLENDA® Story

For years, we have loved hearing your sweet stories of how you’ve used SPLENDA® Sugar Alternative. So we’d like to share our story with you, from the discovery and the journey that bought us here, to why SPLENDA® is a great choice for everybody, no matter what your lifestyle.

The SPLENDA® Story

Sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA®, was discovered in the UK. Researchers from the University of London and sugar company Tate & Lyle were researching a new compound made from sugar, called sucralose, when the research team discovered not only that sucralose was deliciously sweet, but also that it contained no calories. Even better, unlike some low-calorie sweeteners, they found that it could be used in a similar way as sugar for cooking and baking. A true low-calorie alternative to sugar was born.

When we heard about the discovery of sucralose, we worked with Tate & Lyle to bring it to people who wanted to cut calories without compromising on taste, or having to give up sweet treats. Our own small group of researchers talked to experts and spent years collecting acres of research to prove sucralose was safe for anyone. The Scientific Committee on Food, which checks that new food products are safe, agreed and it was then approved for use in the UK and Europe in 2002. SPLENDA® named for its splendidly sweet taste, was ready to be sent to shops across the country.


There have been over 110 studies conducted over the past 20 years on the safety of sucralose. After studying everything from blood sugar and dental health to potential side effects, the research has proved two key things over and over: sucralose has no known side effects and is safe for everyone who wants to enjoy it.

Sucralose is one of the most extensively tested food ingredients and is now sold in more than 80 countries and is used in more than 4,000 products.