I'm with Mary (WOWEETOO) on this. I use real sugar or I don't use anything. No substitutes. I'd rather do without, period, than risk a problem... and in spite of articles--even one last week here on SP-- that say otherwise, I KNOW that sugar substitutes cause me just that. Problems.
I have fibromyalgia, and any of the sugar substitutes I've tried will trigger a flare-up. I don't go there any more, y'know?... who needs more pain?
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Any recipe that I have seen that calls for Splends brown sugar seems to use the same amount as you would of regular brown sugar. I have tried side by side taste tests with oatmeal and you definitely need just as much Splenda brown as regular.
Splenda brown is the same consistency as regular brown, so I doubt that they mix regular white Splenda with it as it would seem much drier than it does.
Absolutely . . . you use less of the regular brown sugar, so it is definitely less calories. For me, I very, very, very rarely use sugar, so it really doesn't take much for me to get the sweetness as well.
As for agave syrup . . . it defintely has to be used judiciously and planned in the diet. I have definitely NOT had the experience of the blood sugar swing with agave. AND I do not use it very much @ all . . . very rarely.
I have also used stevia. don't so much like it, but that, too does not cause the swings.
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please note when you read those labels that sugar grams are listed as to how many there are in those grams of carbs so they are not separate from carbs..they are a part of the carbs already listed yes yes yes read the labels my endo would rather me have the real thing as opposed to any other things as those are sure counts if you measure the lady mary
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The agave syrup I use at times in smoothies if the fruit is not that sweet or I am making a fruit topping and cut the portion in Half. I have also used the Sweet Leaf ( Liquid Stevia ) in flavors to put in water or iced Tea. The Sweet Leaf bottle does not list any Cals. ot Carbs. Using that is the only way I can get hubby to increase his water intake. Splenda I do us for baking and have for a long time.
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I have tried brown sugar splenda in my bran muffin recipe. I wanted to try agave syrup.I was told to stay away from it as it causes huge sugar spikes. I now use molasses or sometimes dried blueberries. Just my thoughts.
Holy canoli! I have to say I read labels, but honestly didn't read THAT one carefully!!!
IF and when I need sweetener anyway, I quite often will use something like agave syrup. YES it is a sugar, but it doesn't give the swing of high and low that sugar does. The other thing for me is it is a VERY VERY VERY rare occasion when I use a sweetener anyway.
But for sure, if there is an occasion to use brown sugar, I will use BROWN SUGAR and not the blend!
I have only checked the brown sugar. Just looked at the white Splenda box and it has 0 calories. I just don't trust it and don't like the taste of it. I try to stick to "natural" ingredients, not synthetic substitutes. 1/2 tsp of real sugar in a cup of tea won't hurt even a diabetic (I am one also).
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Thanks FELLGARTH does this only apply to Dark brown sugar. Splenda has always left me with bad taste and feeling ill. I make DH sugar free apple crisp he is allergic to uncooked apples. I use brown sugar and canola for him, i never eat it because I am diabetic. Thanks for the heads up on this I will look more carefully In future. Should read labels even on foods I do not eat but DH does, from now on. Pat inMaine. Thanks.
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I always assumed that Splenda was a better choice than sugar until recently when I checked the Nutrition Facts for Brown Splenda ($6.99/bag) and 100% pure cane dark brown sugar ($1.79/bag) and was shocked to find out that their nutritional components are almost identical!
For 1/2 tsp. Splenda: 8 calories, 0 fat, 2g carbs, 2g sugars, & 0 protein
For 1 tsp. brown sugar: 15 calories, 0 fat, 4g carbs, 4g sugars, 0 protein
So that means that the natural brown sugar is actually 1 calorie LESS than the same amount of Splenda! Considering the cost of Splenda brown sugar, I will be using the regular sugar when I need brown sugar.
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