By Lymy Latest Reply 2010-07-14 15:47:39 -0500
Started 2010-07-08 13:37:59 -0500

I have never been a lover of sugar, (except when it comes to candy), barely putting 1/2 level teaspoon of it in any hot drink. I dislike most artifical sweeteners, but, I have been using Splenda for a longer period of time than I have been a diabetic.

I know that it is advertised as being the closest thing to real sugar with regards to taste, measuring & looks, but has anyone found that when measuring a certain amount for a recipe it is too sweet? I have an Apple Crumble recipe that calls for 6ozs of sugar and I have found that I cannot eat it because it is way too sweet for me. I usually use about half this amount and could probably use even less. Please give your feedback if you have experienced it being too sweet, or is there something else on the market that is better for baking.
Many thanks!

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Lin Bigknife
Lin Bigknife 2010-07-14 15:47:39 -0500 Report

HI! Lymy! I too have used Splenda for many years. it is a regular commodity on our grocery list. Sam's Club has the best price we can find on both the packets and on the bulk package. Also another tip is that the Brown Sugar & SPlenda MIX is nothing BUT Splenda and brown sugar - it is MUCH cheaper to use your own brown sugar and just mix with the bulk Splenda as per your recipe. I personally use the same amount of Splenda that the recipe calls for in sugar.

Some people like things sweeter than others and I personally think if someone is using multiple packets of sweetner in their drink they have the right to do that and should not be subjected to 'smart' remarks about it! Everyone uses too much of something in their life and no casual acquaintance should be calling one down on that type thing - it is rude!

But back to the Splenda - I would recommend that you just try gradually reducing the amount of Splenda in a recipe until you hit the amount that results in the best taste for you. Before Splenda (and diabetes) we had done that with regular sugar - gradually cutting back on what was in recipes so that we were not consuming so much. Now of course, we use Splenda exclusively. Fortunately I have no side effects from it and can use as desired. I can't deny my sweet tooth completely and Splenda has made many options 'legal' for us (my husband is diabetic too!)

Anyway, take care Lymy and don't be afriad to experiment! Lin B.

freedomho 2010-07-14 12:30:24 -0500 Report

Be careful with the use of any othe artificial sugars and ,for me, expecially Splenda. I take medication for other health issues and learned the hard way that mixing the two can lead to very unpleasant results. Unaware of the use of Splenda, the sign was in very small print behind the counter and up on the wall, I ordered a low calorie frappee. I took my medication with the frappee, in less then 10 minutes from the store I became violently ill all over myself and the car. Luckily I wasnt driving as we were on a 3 lane interstate. I ended up striping down to my underwear in the grass median of the interstate. It wasn't until my return trip and a stop at the shop that I discovered, with the clerk's assistance, the little Splenda sign. Judy

acarroll 2010-07-11 10:00:01 -0500 Report

I've been using the Splenda in all my baking for the last year, when I first started everything came out super sweet, so i just started slowly cutting it back and now it's not so bad…my boys say it tastes like cottoncandy when they put it in they're coffee or tea. they use to use 25 pounds a sugar a month…now one bag of splenda and the splend brown sugar lasts a couple of months…i'm new to this website, but not to diabetes…my mom's side of the family all had it..although they didn't have half the stuff they do now days for all of them that we do now…sorry i'll be quite now

Lymy 2010-07-12 18:34:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for your response, and no don't 'shut-up' I love hearing what other people have to say to anything that I post. Please keep the responses coming.



Momma Day's Girl
Momma Day's Girl 2010-07-10 17:03:37 -0500 Report

I use splenda all the time, I even cook for other members of the family with it. So far no complaints and I love the taste of it in baked goods.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-09 17:49:50 -0500 Report

When I use Splenda I sometimes need to adjust the amount. Sometimes less, sometimes more, and sometimes using a little brown sugar with Splenda. It makes some baked goods seem like they are missing something in taste. I try to add extra flavoring or sub butter/margarine for shortening. Other recipes taste better with Splenda than with sugar.
In recipes that call for sugar it can be reduced by up to 1/2 sometimes.
I haven't tried sttevia yet.

bigdre270 2010-07-09 17:14:42 -0500 Report

I really have to get in the swing of using sweeteners like Splenda - I have heard thatthe taste in the closest to sugar - but I have to see if it is to sweet if I use it in a recipe - if so I will take your word fo it - to sweets to handle

Lymy 2010-07-12 18:45:53 -0500 Report

Thank you for your response. I guess it depends on how much sugar you were used to using before becoming a diabetic. I only used about 1/2 Tsp in drinks. I did like some sugar on cereal but my one item that I loved sugar on was Cantulope. Mm Mm good! I don't like diet drinks unless they are sweetened with Splenda. And I can drink instant coffee with no sugar, but, if it's perked coffee I need a good 1/2 Tsp of Splenda.

At my last job we had a young lady there who used at least 6-8 packets of splenda in her coffee. Yuk! I was in charge of making the coffee and I didn't make it like mud, but on the other hand it wasn't like brown colored water either. I asked this lady one day if she wanted coffee with her sugar!

Again thanks for your response, and try it for yourself. I find it is the best of any of the artifical sweeteners I have tried in the past.



BigDaddyGene1974 2010-07-09 16:22:13 -0500 Report

I use Splenda, I have been told that stevia has a bitter after-taste. Is this true when it is used for cooking? My wife does not like to use splenda to bake. we do like the brown sugar slpenda for my BBQ rubs, a bit pricey, but it works well.

Kirla 2010-07-09 11:30:52 -0500 Report

I use splenda all the time for baking. I put it in my soy cakes, pancakes, waffles, pies and even put some in my coffee. I too have found that it is a little bit sweet sometimes. I usually use less than what the recipe calls for and it comes out great. I found when replacing sugar cup for cup you sometimes get an after taste. But by using about ¼ - 1/3 less splenda than sugar the aftertaste goes away.

Good Luck

GabbyPA 2010-07-08 17:27:04 -0500 Report

I use stevia in my cooking and if you get the stevia in the raw brand that comes in bulk and it works well. It can get away from you on the sweet, but I find it is pretty much 1=1 in my recipes. It holds up to heat very well and I use it in hot and cold foods.

Thomas508 2010-07-09 07:29:11 -0500 Report

I use both Stevia and Splenda, I can't make up my mind which I like the most so I just go back and forth between the two.

GabbyPA 2010-07-10 15:19:38 -0500 Report

I am sensitive to the artificial sweeteners and they make me feel sick. I didn't realize it until I stopped using it. Now if I drink a couple of sugar free drinks or eat something sugar free, I can feel it in my head and chest. It is not a good feeling, so I keep away from it now.

monkeymama 2010-07-08 14:30:38 -0500 Report

Hello there Lymy! I use Splenda all the time. I love this stuff! In the years I have been using it, I have learned to watch the kind you are using. If it is too sweet, I would cut back the amount you are using. I haven't tried another type, only because this is the preferred substitute with my medical team. There are other one like Truvia, Stevia, and there is one other new one that is out there. Definitely stay away from Equal though…

Asesina 2010-07-09 08:35:18 -0500 Report

Ok, well…
I'm sitting here at work, checking into DC(which i shouldn't be doing lol) and i'm reading these posts and I see this.
Why not Equal? I actually have a packet of Equal that says on the back "Suitable for people with diabetes".
I don't know much about the artificial sweeteners, but i guess i had thought that if it was not the 'real' sugar, pretty much any other thing (sweetener) would do.

Anyone? I would really appreciate any info.

Katsarecool 2010-07-08 13:57:18 -0500 Report

I don't know much about this. But thanks for the tip about Splenda and use in cooking.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-07-08 19:09:40 -0500 Report

I use splenda all the time in my coffee. I use the packets and only one is enough for my coffee or tea, any more than that makes it to sweet.

Lymy 2010-07-09 12:44:33 -0500 Report

When you were able to use regular sugar, how much did you use for say an 8oz cup of coffee? You must of been at least a two teaspooner! Say we are going out to dinner in the cooler months where my drink choice is coffee. You know everytime you turn around they are bringing around the coffee pot to refill your cup. I figured I must drink a good three cups of coffee, (depending on how good it is), but I have yet to use more than about a 1/3 of a packet the during the entire meal.

There was a young lady at one place I worked, (that you could almost call Diabetic City because diabetes was so prevalent,) she used to take (NO LIE!) no less than 6 packets per cup of coffee. YUK!!! I asked her one day if she wanted some coffee with her sugar.

Thanks for your reply

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