Does Splenda raise blood sugar levels?

Topics: Diet

Splenda is an artificial sweetener and artificial sweeteners generally don’t affect blood sugar levels, but the foods that contain them may. Because a food is artificially sweetened doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain carbohydrates and calories. Splenda is used to sweeten a variety of foods with less calories and carbohydrates than regular sugar. Because of their intense sweetness, usually lesser amounts of an artificial sweetener are needed.  One packet of Splenda has 4 calories and 0.5 grams of carbohydrate. A serving of carbohydrate is considered to be 15 grams. Foods which are considered “free foods” are those with a total carbohydrate of 5 grams or less per serving such as sugar-free gelatin, salad greens and artificially sweetened beverages.

Always check the food label for the amount of total carbohydrate in a serving size of the food you are eating, whether it is labeled “sugar-free” or not.

Splenda also makes a product that can be used for baking. This preparation contains 4 grams of carbohydrate and 20 calories per teaspoon. Since you are most probably using larger amounts of Splenda when baking, you will need to take this into consideration when figuring out the total carbohydrate per serving for your baked goods.

 If you are concerned about using an artificial sweetener and think that it may be having a negative impact on your blood sugar levels, just try eliminating it for a few days and see if your blood sugars improve.  Also, check 

Posted on January 12, 2011 by:

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