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Splenda – Calorie Free?

By admin On July 12, 2010 Under Nutrition/Diet

Being advertised as calorie free is one thing but actualy delivering is another. FDA regulations make it possible for manufacturers to claim that a product has no calories by reducing the serving size and then rounding to zero the calories of any ingredients which weigh less than 0.5 gram per serving. Trade names “Splenda”, are not regulated so they can decive consumers.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener contains sucralose (SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener), the no calorie sweetener made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar, with no unpleasant aftertaste. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener can be used virtually anywhere sugar is used. It can also be used in cooking and baking in a variety of recipes. Like many no and low calorie sweeteners, each serving of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener contains a very small amount of common food ingredients, e.g., dextrose and/or maltodextrin, for volume. Because the amount of these ingredients is so small, SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener still has an insignificant calorie value per serving and meets FDA’s standards for “no calorie” sweeteners.

SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener comes in two forms for consumers, granular and packet. The granular form of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener measures and pours just like sugar. SPLENDA® Packets provide a convenient way to add sweetness without guilt!

Sure sucralose, the artificial sweetener in Splenda, is free of calories, but Splenda is a mixture of dextrose, maltodextrin, and sucralose. The calories from Splenda come from the dextrose and maltodextrin both of which are carbohydrates.

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference shows that 10 grams, i.e., ten individual packets, of Splenda (NDB No: 19868) have 33 Calories. Ten grams of Splenda contain 9.00 g of carbohydrates consisting of 8.03 g of sugars (dextrose) and 0.96 grams of starch (maltodextrin).

For comparison, 10 grams of granulated sugar (NDB No: 19335) have 39 Calories. This is only 6 calories more than the equivalent weight of Splenda. If you are using Splenda instead of sugar are you really saving that many calories?

The caloric and carbohydrate content for SPLENDA (R) Brand Sweetener is as follows:

SPLENDA (R) Granular
1 tsp = 0.5 gm carb = 2 calories
one half cup = 12 gm carb = 48 calories
1 cup = 24 gm carb = 96 calories

*1 tsp. = 1 serving

Packet of SPLENDA (R)
1 packet = .9 gm of carb = 4 calories

*1 packet has the sweetness of 2 tsp of sugar

Note: Per U.S. labeling laws, anything with less than 5 calories per serving, is properly labeled as “zero” or no-calorie.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. emt training
    August 30, 2010
    11:33 am

    Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  2. michelledudash
    October 22, 2010
    8:34 pm

    Truvia? Taste: decent, but Splenda cleaner taste. Nutrition: more natural w/stevia, eyhritol, better than Splenda.

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