How Many Carbs In Splenda?

Many of the low carb sugar substitutes out there claim to contain zero carbs. According to U.S. labeling laws,  if it contains less than 5 calories per serving the product can be labeled as containing zero or no calories? It’s true. So if you decide to use something other than sugar in your baking or cooking it’s best to check on how many carbs it REALLY contains. One small packet in a cup of coffee might not be something to worry over. But, a cupful of the stuff might actually contain a good number of carbs/calories than you thought.

One of my favorite sweeteners is Splenda granular. It’s easy to find, doesn’t require ordering from a specialty store if I need more and it can easily replace sugar cup for cup in most recipes. To me it actually tastes sweeter than sugar so I tend to cut the amount called for in a recipe but 1/4 to 1/2.

Splenda is suppose to have zero calories per packet but, when your using a larger measure, it does contain carbs. If you’ve always wondered exactly how many carbs or calories was in Splenda here’s the answer. SPLENDA (R) Granular contains sucralose and maltodextrin. Sucralose has no calories but the maltodextrin (a form of sugar) does have some calories. Maltodextrin is included in the blend to give it enough bulk that it can be measured cup for cup as a sugar replacement. This means 1 cup of granulated sugar in your recipe can be replaced by 1 cup of Splenda Granulated.

1 teaspoon = 0.5 gm carb = 2 calories one half cup = 12 gm carb = 48 calories 1 cup = 24 gm carb = 96 calories

Splenda in the little yellow packets also contains some carbs/calories. Here’s the info on the packets:

Packet of SPLENDA (R) contain sucralose, maltodextrin and dextrose so they also have some carbs/calories in each packet. 1 packet has the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar.

1 packet = 0.9 gm of carb = 4 calories

How does Splenda stack up against regular granulated sugar in the carb/calorie department.

White/Granulated Sugar 1 teaspoon = 4 gm of carb= 16 calories one half cup = 96 gm of carb= 385 calories 1 cup = 192 gm of carb = 770 calories

If your looking to do some baking then using a sugar substitute can help to seriously reduce the amount of carbs in a recipe. I’ll be posting soon about some other low carb sugar replacements as well as some info about “natural” sugar replacements such as pure maple syrup, honey and the one that I’ve been asked about the most recently – agave. Let’s just say that natural does not automatically mean good for a diabetic or those who have issues with maintaining normal blood sugar levels. While Splenda is not considered part of a paleo/primal diet I personally am not able to use honey, maple syrup or other forms of sugar without blood sugar related issues. Instead, I’ve made this change because it works for me. I also do not use it in large amounts on a regular basis. Always choose real food first.

Do you have a favorite sugar substitute? Hate some of the ones that are currently on the market? Leave a comment and tells us which ones you like and which ones you hate.

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