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What is Splenda? [moved from Home Cooking board]

What is Splenda?

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    1. Processed, chemically-induced sugar.

      1. In general, 0 calorie sugar substitutes are chemicals that trick your brain into thinking it is eating something sweet... my doctor friend refuses to touch those things...

        I generally can not stand the taste but I understand the temptation... :D

        1. I'd call it the Disney Version of sugar: exaggerate this characteristic, imitate that characteristic, and lose all the subtleties and the nuances in between because Hey, nobody pays any attention to that crap anyway.

          After reading about it, and at my wife's urging, I took a coupon to the double-yer-coupons store and bought some. Tried it next morning in my coffee. Managed by heroic effort not to spew coffee all over the dining room, discarded coffee, drank two cups unsweetened just to get the taste out. Mrs. O tried it, liked it, couldn't see what I was fussing about...

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          1. re: Will Owen

            I can't stop laughing at this description! I feel the same way!

            1. re: Will Owen

              In earlier discussions about Splenda, it seemed as if some people liked the taste, or didn't mind it, and others HATED it ... I wonder if is similar to Cilantro, in that people actually have a different taste experience based on genetics.

              1. re: MMRuth

                This came up in the diet soda thread(s), as true for all the various sweeteners. What drives some people nuts isn't apparent to others.

            2. Some of us who cannot take sugar use this as the lesser of all evils. The fact that you can cook with it makes it that much more welcome. That means now I can have some dessert with my dinner.