SPLENDA™ WITH LESS SUGAR

Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of Diabetes Solution and The Diabetes Diet prescribes a very low-carb diet to get his diabetic patients off medications or to reduce their dosage to the lowest possible level. He calls it “the law of small numbers” because the smaller the dose you need, the smaller the mistake you can make and the less severe the consequences. One reviewer dubbed him the “Taliban of low-carb gurus” because his regimen is so strict: no fruit, no tomato sauce, no beans, no xylitol, no sorbitol, no Splenda™. The only sweeteners he allows are saccharin and aspartame in tablet form and stevia. Sucrolose is not a problem, but even the small amount of sugar used as a bulking agent in regular Splenda can be too much for those who are diabetic.

There are versions of Splenda that have less sugar. Unfortunately, one of them is being discontinued; their Quick Packs will still be available for the next year from the Splenda Website. Each pack contains the equivalent of one cup of sugar but with only 3.3 grams of carbohydrate per package (a cup of granular Splenda has 24). You can divide it if your recipe calls for fractions of a cup, but it would be difficult to measure it accurately in small amounts.

The other option is Splenda Mini Tabs. Their carb count is listed as a generic “less than one gram,” which is the same as that given for a teaspoon of the granular. I contacted Mc Neil Nutritionals to find out what they really contain: Each tab contains 0.2 calories and 0.04 carbs, so just a trace. The bulking agent is a tiny bit of lactose. You can crush the tablets between two spoons and use them in recipes. One mini tab equals the sweetness of one teaspoon of sugar. I think even the low-carb Taliban would approve.

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