Food & Recipes

Here’s How Splenda, Equal And SweetN’ Low Compare To Sugar

Not all artificial sweeteners are created equal.

Have you ever wondered which artificial sweetener is best for you? There are so many sugar-free options on the market, but the most well known are Equal, Splenda and Sweet’N Low.

As this Business Insider video shows, not all artificial sweeteners are created equal.

They differ greatly when it comes to sweetness:

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Business Insider

And there are moderate caloric differences as well:

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Business Insider

There are also differences when it comes to their uses in baking. For example, Equal cannot be used in baking recipes. However, Splenda makes an excellent sugar substitute. But, be aware that using an artificial sweetener could change the look and texture of your baked goods. Sugar doesn’t just add sweetness, it also adds moisture.

If you are going to use artificial sweetener, experts recommend that you don’t try to replace more than two cups of real sugar. And, generally speaking, items like cookies and cakes don’t hold up as well to the sugar swap. Instead, things like icing, filling, beverages and frozen fare do better with artificial sweeteners.

However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot bake delicious low-sugar treats. Along with Splenda, you can also turn to natural sugar substitutes like maple syrup, agave and brown rice syrup.

Check out these yummy recipes that are low on sugar but big on taste!

Pistachio Crusted Chewy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

These festive cookies are sweetened with maple syrup. Get the recipe from NutritionStripped.

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NutritionStripped

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These vegan cookies are Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite healthy treat. Get the recipe from The Clever Carrot.

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The Clever Carrot

Healthy Vanilla Bean Cake

It might be hard to believe, but it is possible to enjoy a yummy, sugar-free cake! This cake is also dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. Get the recipe from Nina Manolson.

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Nina Manolson

Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts

And sometimes you just need something sweet for breakfast. Get your sugar fix—without the sugar! Get the recipe from A Sunshine Mission.

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A Sunshine Mission

Winter Blackberry Ginger Margarita

Cocktails generally pack a lot of sugar into a tiny glass. So what if you want to enjoy a cocktail without OD’ing on sugar? Check out this cheerful cocktail that is sweetened with agave syrup. Get the recipe from Nature’s Agave.

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Nature's Agave