Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday’s Helping: Splenda

A sweet alternative to regular sugar

This dietary alternative to regular sugar has exploded in popularity since it was first introduced to the U.S. consumers by McNeil Nutritionals LLC in 1999. Look for Splenda in nifty light yellow packaging at most major supermarkets. Meanwhile, many fine restaurants have joined in and now provide their patrons with packets of Splenda on their dining room tables. Sucralose is the generic name for this low calorie sweetening agent that’s also derived from sugar. British scientists invented this sweetener in 1976 and the FDA approved it in 1998. The Mixed Stew thinks that no more than two small packets are plenty for sweetening a tall glass of iced tea. Also look for packages of granulated Splenda and Splenda for baking and cooking.

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