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A Buyer's Guide to Sugar Substitutes

The good, the bad and the unacceptable.

Here’s a rundown of some FDA-cleared sweeteners—which have also earned the go-ahead from major health organizations, like the American Heart Association. To get FDA approval, manufacturers must submit dozens of tests to prove safety, and establish maximum intake levels (called Acceptable Daily Intake, or ADI). However, some groups, like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), quibble with the quality of these studies, which are usually conducted by the manufacturers themselves, or companies they hire. A handful of sweeteners, such as stevia leaf extract, are classified by the FDA as GRAS—Generally Recognized as Safe. Even though “natural” sugar substitutes like these are often perceived as healthier options, GRAS sugar substitutes usually don’t have as much safety data as approved additives. And with the science changing all the time, it’s worth using any of them sparingly. See the guide below for information about each sweetener.

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Hi, I don't know who's doing the baking for you, but I have used splenda in cookies as well as other baked goods and they turn out beautifully! Maybe your baker forgot to put them in the oven? :)

Anonymous

09/21/2009 - 11:26pm

I agree with the previous post! I use splenda in a pound cake recipe and it is wonderful. Like any of the sugar substitutes you have to "work" with the recipe. It is worth the effort.

Anonymous

06/14/2010 - 10:19am

Have you considered testing Whey Low? I have been very happy with it in drinks, baking, and ice cream.

Anonymous

07/08/2010 - 4:24pm

Aspartame is a dangerous drug and should not be consumed. The FDA knew it was a dangerous drug known to cause cancer and they banned it when it was introcduce in the mid-late 70's. It wasn't until the CEO of the company that produced aspartame, a man by the name of Donald Rumsfeld, was appointed as the Secretary of Defense that it became legal. After taking office, Mr. Rumsfeld had some of the top people at the FDA fired and replaced them with people who would approve aspartame.

There are people who want you to believe that it is perfectly safe because it is used in such small quantities. The problem is that aspartame is used in more then 50,000 food and beverages from sugar free candy to Dorito's chips to childrens chewable vitamins. All of it contains aspartame.

Anonymous

06/16/2011 - 4:59pm

I find that i use less Splenda in a recipe than sugar because it is sweeter. If a recipe call for one cup
i use 3/4 cup of Splenda.

Anonymous

09/11/2011 - 4:30pm

google for a web documentary called Sweet Misery and take the time to watch it - its is revealing and made me dump out all the aspartame diet sodas and splenda in our pantry. FDA is not a friend to consumers.

Anonymous

03/02/2014 - 6:07pm

Seriously, all of you sheeple drank the Splenda Kool-aid?!

Anonymous

03/24/2015 - 3:23pm

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