I’ve been hearing a lot of bad buzz about Splenda.
“Many body-conscious people opt for artificial sweeteners instead of sugar when they want to satisfy their sweet tooth. Splenda is a common choice.
What is Splenda? It’s a mixture of sucralose (or E955 – named by the European Union) and filler (maltodextose and dexose). Sucralose is a disaccharide (which literally translates to “two sugars”) that is made from sucrose by replacing three hydroxyl (OH – oxygen and hydrogen) groups with chlorine (Cl). (Precision Nutrition members can read more about the various saccharides in All About Carbohydrates.)
That’s how Splenda got their original slogan, “Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.” However, after getting some flack about misleading consumers, they changed the slogan to “Starts with sugar, tastes like sugar, but is not sugar.” Not sugar… good to know — though 47% of responders to a survey (by Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Splenda) didn’t know Splenda wasn’t natural.” (source: Precision Nutritional.com)
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