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This product as a tabletop sweetener. It’s the leading sweetener in the US, selling about $250,000,000 annually just in the US.

“Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.” That is 100% true. Each 1000 mg packet of “Splenda No Calorie Sweetener” (NCS) contains 950 mg of sugar (dextrose and maltodextrin*). The other 50 mg - 5% - is sucralose or “Splenda Brand Sweetener”, a mostly non-digestible, 0-calorie. artificial sweetener. “Splenda No Calorie Sweetener” is 95% sugar*.

But wait, how can it be a “No Calorie Sweetener” if it’s 95% sugar? It’s actually not zero-calorie. It has 3.36 calories per 1000 mg packet. The FDA allows a product with less than 5 calories per serving to be rounded down and labelled zero calories.

But wait, packets of sugar (sucrose) should then also be labelled zero calorie, right? No, a standard single serving packet of sugar in the US is 2800 mg, which has ~11 calories. If it was a 1000 mg serving like Splenda, it would have 3.86 calories, and could also be labelled zero-calorie.

 

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Splenda Granulated:

Splenda “No Calorie Sweetener Granulated” (NCSG), which is sold for baking. It is not the same as “Splenda No Calorie Sweetener” sold in packets. Unlike the tabletop packets, NCSG doesn’t contain dextrose, only maltodextrin and sucralose. Their website says “A cup of SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener has 678 fewer calories than a cup of sugar” A cup of sugar has about ~770 calories, so Splenda is claiming a cup of NCSG has 90–100 calories (though it’s labelled “calories: 0” thanks to the <5 per serving rule). Thanks to info provided by Eivind, this is accurate by volume. Splenda NCSG has a much lower density than granulated sugar. That’s how, by volume, it can have many fewer (not zero) calories, while by weight it has about the the same as sugar: (SPLENDA® | Sugar Alternative Granulated has 782 calories per 200g, 1 cup of sugar is 200g).

FWIW - this page, summarizing a paper published about sucralose testing, on rats has this:

…the researchers analyzed Splenda® (“No Calorie Sweetener Granular”), and found it to be 1.10% sucralose, 1.08% glucose, 4.23% moisture and 93.59% maltodextrin.

93.59% of a cup of maltodextrin has about 710 calories. This would mean a cup of Splenda NCSG would be about 8 times less dense than sugar (sucrose). (Am going to buy some at the store to weight against sugar.)

The calorie and carbohydrate content for SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated is as follows:

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

So to recap:

1 g of sugar (sucrose) contains 100% sugar and is 3.86 calories

1 g of Splenda NCS contains 95% sugar and is 3.36 calories, not zero calories

So you order a coffee with cream or milk. A 16 oz Starbucks caffe latte has 190 calories unsweetened. With one 1 g serving of Spenda that’s 193.36 calories. With one 2.8 g serving of sugar that’s 201 calories. Using Splenda NCS has reduced the calorie count.

So, in essence, little to no calorie savings, considering even on a diet people consume 1,000+ calories a day, a funny taste, and 2.5 times the cost.

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