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Splenda Scam????

Monday, November 03, 2008

Ok, please feel free to correct me if I'm missing something somewhere. But I've looked at the labels twice.

I was thinking about purchasing some Brown Sugar Splenda for a recipe. I was putting it in my buggy, and almost as an after thought, I decided to compare it to regular brown sugar.

Regular Brown Sugar
1 tsp= 15 calories

Splenda Brown Sugar
1/2 packed tsp= 10 calories

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that mean that 1 tsp of Splenda Brown Sugar would be HIGHER in calories than regular??? I don't even know how that is possible. I've always been a little slow in math. But I think I'm getting that part right.

I'm hoping that this is a case of, "Well, the Splenda brown sugar is loaded with ___________ (fill in the blank with some long, technically sounding healthy term), so it's actually better for you than regular brown sugar." I'm hoping it's that rather than what it seems to be: "Let's put that a half of a tsp equals 10 calories instead of 1 tsp equals 20 calories. That way we'll sale more,.... and who looks at the labels anyway, right?".

I couldn't believe it. And I ALMOST bought it! So for all of you who use Brown Sugar Spenda.....beware. Just use the real stuff and maybe put a little less than the recipe calls for. Enjoy the real thing!

Again, if I'm missing something...please feel free to correct me.
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    Late to the party, but it needs to be said for those who read it long after this blog was written.

    You're missing the point. It isn't the correlation between the calories ... the whole point of an artificial sugar is the insulin response that is created to handle the rise in blood sugar level from your choice of poison (sugar/sweetener).

    Read about the glycemic index for sugar. You will see that sucralose (brand name Splenda) has a vastly lower insulin reaction than sucrose (sugar).

    Many people become overweight/obese BECAUSE their bodies have developed an unhealthy manner of fat storage - which is both caused by insulin resistance AND continues to ramp up the level of resistance leading to insulin-dependant diabetes and ever more fat being stored badly. The curse of the 21st century, because our food is so polluted with unnecessary fat, hormones, sugar, chemicals.

    Eat clean. Eat sugar and fat low. Eat protein moderately. Exercise. There's a reason people were lean during the 2nd World War. They didn't fill their food with sugar and fat to make it taste nice while sitting on their butts watching TV.

    1225 days ago
    2540 days ago
    According to Splenda's website, you only use 1/2 as much of the Splenda brown sugar than regular brown sugar. So 1/2 tsp of Splenda brown sugar = 1 tsp of regular brown sugar as far as sweetness goes. 10 cals vs. 15 cals. So it is less compared to how much you use. Here's where I read it:

    3023 days ago
    not only is it deceptive...it is terrible for you too
    3026 days ago
    Always look for the devil in the details!
    3088 days ago
    You know I did the same thing Picked it up read the lable and put it back.How many times have we've been told to read lables ? There is the proof in black and white .Spend the time to read.
    Thanks for the reminder...consumer be wary!!
    3128 days ago
    I totally agree with what you are saying, I myself bought some thinking it would be better and looked closer after purchasing. The only thing is that the flavor in the splenda blend is very strong so you need to use much less of it to get the flavor, but I have recipes in which I need the larger amount because it is a topping and using less will not cover so it does not help.
    3129 days ago
  • LSSNELL229
    Marketing is horrific, isn't it? Wow. I'm glad that you saw it and pointed it out. I am not too much of a splenda fan and I've learned that when something is removed in most of the products these days, it's only somewhere else. Not all products are like this but there are a lot out there with the Fat Free being replaced with a ton of sugar somewhere else.

    I will advise this to people who I do my cake orders for because I'm not thrilled to read this in the least but they need to know...especially my diabetic customers who are trying to lose weight but want to indulge from time to time. You make me a healthier loser and baker.
    3129 days ago
    It might be because Splenda has more flavor so you can use less of it. But artificial sweeteners are still I try to avoid for the sake of my body =P
    3130 days ago
  • VIANA1
    Thanks for your comment. I saw it at the store and decided to look and you were right it is a scam. Thanks for the heads up.
    3359 days ago
    wow. i cant believe they did that. and most, average people dont look at the labels. wow.
    3359 days ago
  • PAR12199
    That is interesting. Thanks for sharing!
    3402 days ago
    sheesh...marketing..what will they stop at???!!!

    You know I do believe that they would have us eating pigs snout for breakfast if only they were able to brainwash us in believing it was the healthiest to do. Sigh...

    3420 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/5/2008 5:22:17 PM
    I think you've got it on the nose, girl!!
    3422 days ago
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