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SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener

Splenda (or Sucralose) is a zero-calorie sugar substitute artificial sweetener.

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  • Oct 15, 2009
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Splenda is quite possibly the most digusting thing to ever be created. Yes, CREATED - as in, inside a lab.

I used to have Splenda occasionally in coffee drinks - I have no idea why. The first time you ever try Splenda, you can taste its weird metallic flavor. Over time you get used to it, but I remember always feeling this strange dry aftertaste in my mouth - it was almost like Splenda was removing all the moisture from my mouth and I couldn't do anything to quench my thirst.

I've copied and pasted this from the official Splenda Wikipedia page to show why Splenda is so disgusting and terrible for you:

Splenda usually contains 95% dextrose and maltodextrin which the body readily metabolizes, combined with a small amount of indigestible sucralose. Sucralose is derived from table sugar through a patented, multi-step process that selectively substitutes three chlorine atoms for three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule.

Uh, not sure about you but......I DON'T LIKE EATING CHLORINE. Chlorine is a metal. Sucralose, and therefore Splenda, is a sweetener made from metal. The calories you save by using Splenda are NOT worth how gross that is!

I've since stopped using Splenda, and I am really pleased about it - once you wean yourself off all aritifical sweetners (High Fructose Corn Syrup included) you start to taste natural sweetness in foods. In the past I may have thought a product like Clif Bars were bland and not sweet at all because I was used to artificial over-sweetness! Now they taste perfectly sweet - sometimes almost too sweet. I'd say that if anything, using real sugar will mean less calories consumed in the long run because you'll be drawn to foods that are less sweet - and therefore have less calories.

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Splenda (pronounced /ˈsplɛndə/) is the commercial name and registered trade mark of a sucralose-based artificial sweetener derived from sugar, owned by the British company Tate & Lyle. Sucralose was discovered by Tate & Lyle and researchers at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, in 1976. Tate & Lyle subsequently developed sucralose-based Splenda products in partnership with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals LLC. 

Since its approval by the United States government in 1998 and introduction there in 1999, sucralose has overtaken Equal in the $1.5 billion artificial sweetener market, holding a 62% market share. According to market research firm IRI Splenda sold $212 million in 2006 in the U.S. while Equal sold $48.7 million.

In April 2009 the International Trade Commission closed a patent infringement case that will permit Chinese manufacturers to produce copycat versions of Splenda products which will be sold under different brand names.

Splenda is available in granular and tablet form.

Energy (caloric) content

Sucralose has no caloric content, and Splenda products have a lower caloric content than sugar. The actual caloric content of a single-serving (1-gram packet) of Splenda is 3.36 calories, 31% of the calories of a single-serving (2.8-gram packet) of granulated sugar (10.8 ...

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