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About my use of Splenda 
 
Aug. 25, 2009 4:03 am 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2009 1:32 pm
I received a comment about my use of Splenda in cooking, so I thought I would just state my position here. Obviously I think Splenda is okay, or I wouldn't put include it in my recipes or use it myself. I think it's a better health choice than refined sugar or other artificial sweeteners for adults, especially when used in minute quantities.

I use about three packets of Splenda a day. The sweetening of this is about 6 teaspoons worth. Which is way under the 22 teaspoons consumed by most USA adults. 6 teaspoons is 24 grams of carbs, about half of what I eat all day from all sources. No thanks.

Is Splenda safe? The FDA says so (not that I trust them) but processed sugars and sugar alcohols are definitely not safe, especially for people like me who are trying to cure themselves of morbid obesity. I don't think you should feed any sweeteners in any form to children.

My recipes will all work with sugar when they call for Splenda, so feel free to use either in quantities to your own taste. Do not try to use aspartame or saccharine though (the blue and pink envelopes) as these break down when exposed to heat.
 
Comments
Lace 
Aug. 25, 2009 4:42 am
It sounds as though you are truly working on your weight loss, and health issues. Kudos to you as I know it's a challenge these days with all the sweeteners, etc. on the market. Did you know that agave nectar (or syrup) is actually beneficial to your health and the raw version contains vitamins and minerals. Because it is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream, it doesn't have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. It can be used in place of sugar in any product or recipe. Also, Stevia is another good choice. It is derived from a plant foundin Paraguay. The Japanese have been using this wonder sweetner for decades. It's used by hundreds of millions of people around the world to balance blood sugar levels, reduce cravings for sweets, and aid in digestion. It's also known for it's antimicrobial properties (it inhibits the growth of bacteria). This natural, herbal sweetner contains no calories, has no glycemic index and is even safe for diabetics. But for reasons unknown, the FDA won't approve Stevia for use in food products. Maybe they are "sleeping" with the sugar industry. Anyway, good luck with your program, Angela.
 
Aug. 25, 2009 7:52 am
I've been kinda back and forth on this issue (admit to Splenda for all sugar needs). I've looked for agave AND stevia (probably not as hard as I should have) and if I find it I'll definitely give it a try. I have seen the pros and cons of all three but... who can you really believe about much of anything anymore. Guess it's up to us consumers and the "trial and error" method.
 
Patti 
Aug. 25, 2009 8:14 am
WTG Angela for doing something about your weight. I commend you for that. I too use splenda, not for weight issues but due to my belief that refined sugar is a killer. I am also researching the newer hip substitutes mentioned above. I hope you don't let someone elses comments deter you from your goals. We all have our opinions and it's nice to hear other's ideas but hopefully they are encouraging and positive. Stay focused and do your own research. Refined sugar has lead to so many of our health problems today. It's reducing the estimated life span of our kids today by 10 to 20 years. Those are proven facts so I'm with you and will take my chances with splenda and continue to search for other alternatives. Good luck to you!
 
Aug. 25, 2009 3:59 pm
I agree with you regarding the amount of sugar most kids get today. Mine were raised with fruit and veggie snacks and sweets were strictly for special occasions. I almost always cut the amount of sugar in half for most recipes and frequently substitute honey. I admire you taking charge and doing something about how you eat. Good luck on you weight loss journey.
 
paparam 
Aug. 25, 2009 11:37 pm
check what that stuff is made from.. how can it be good to put all those chemicals in the body. Put a little less of the real thing and you will be fine.
 
Lace 
Aug. 26, 2009 6:46 am
Hey Paparam, I see you've done some research yourself regarding these artificial sweetners. Pretty scary stuff, huh? I certainly won't put that stuff in my body.
 
Blazer 
Aug. 26, 2009 11:30 am
I have Type II diabetes. I use the agave nectar, just a drop and a pkg of Splenda in my coffee in the morning. I tried Stevia but found it a little bitter. I use Splenda in my recipes but not when I am making some thing the grandkids will be eating. Just not sure it is good for them. I would be lost without Splenda
 
Melanie Ashley-Cole 
Sep. 2, 2009 2:50 pm
Check out Zsweet, SUN CRYSTALS (https://www.suncrystals.com/index.jhtml), or Truvia. I like all of these better than Splenda. If you can't find them in your local store, try Amazon.
 
zazuos 
Sep. 4, 2009 8:40 pm
Splenda and artificial sweeteners are one of the worst things you can put in your body. Why the FDA as not taken them off the market??? Simple, they produce lots and lots of $$$$!!!! Do some research you will soon change your mind in thinking they are safe.
 
DallasJim 
Sep. 12, 2009 1:32 pm
I agree with other posters on danger of artifical sweeteners. The FDA frequently pulls previously approved food additives after the fact. The FDA frequently pulls previously approved drugs off the market and these go through much more vigorous testing them food additives. Raw cane sugar is my choice. My kids have been raised without a lot of sugary stuff. It's an acquired taste(in some cases and addiction)that they never developed.
 
 
 
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I am a 51 year old game designer, grandmother and entrepreneur. I have been cooking for family all my life. These days I cook at least twice a day for my husband and I who are both on low carbohydrate diets for life.
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Sadly I love to bake... oh well. So instead I specialize in yummy stove top cooking.
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