Equal vs. Splenda

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Splenda

Equal and Splenda are artificial sweeteners used by diabetics and weight-watchers as a sugar substitute to control sugar and calorie intake.

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Purpose Used by diabetics or weight watchers to reduce calories and sugar content. Used by diabetics or weight watchers to reduce calories and sugar content.
Calories 10 grams of Equal contains 36 calories (compared to 39 in 10 grams of table sugar). 10 grams of Splenda contains 33 calories (compared to 39 in 10 grams of table sugar).
Taste It becomes bitter when heated, and is often said to leave a strange aftertaste. Very similar to sugar.
Uses Equal is generally used to sweeten tea, coffee and other beverages. It is avoided in baking, as it becomes bitter when heated. Splenda is used both in beverages and desserts, as it comes closer to tasting like sugar than Equal.
Components Aspartame, dextrose and maltodextrin. Sucralose.
Approved by the FDA 1981 1991 in Canada; 1998 in US

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Yellow sachets of Splenda are often distinguishable at a glance from the pale blue sachets of Equal
Yellow sachets of Splenda are often distinguishable at a glance from the pale blue sachets of Equal

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Equal contains aspartame, whereas Splenda contains sucralose. Equal is 200 times sweeter than table sugar, and contains 3.6 calories per gram whereas Splenda is 600 times as sweet as regular sugar, and contains 3.3 calories per gram.

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Sucralose was discovered by scientists as a collaborate effort between Tate & Lyle and King’s College, London. Its use was approved in Canada in 1991, and then in other countries from 1993 to 2008. The product was finally launched in May, 2008 by Fusion Nutraceuticals.

The discovery of aspartame, the main component of Equal dates back to 1965. It was first marketed by G..D. Searle and Co., and gained full approval in 1981, 7 years after its limited approval for use in food products.

edit Uses

Equal is generally used to sweeten tea, coffee and other beverages. It is, however, avoided in baking, as it becomes bitter when heated. Splenda is a more flexible sweetener, and is used both in beverages and desserts.

edit Packaging and Storage

Equal is sold in powder form packed in individual sachets, or in a dissolving tablet format. Splenda is available in both granulated and tablet form. The granulated sachet form weighs 1g each and is equivalent to two teaspoons of sugar.

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Each sachet of Equal contains dextrose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, starch, silicon dioxide, maltodextrin, and flavouring. The tablet form may also contain lactose. Each sachet of Splenda contains maltodextrin, dextrose and sucralose.

edit Controversies

Both Equal and Splenda have been clouded in controversies. Though it is used by countries worldwide and approved by FDA, there is still some concern that long term use of Splenda could cause cancer. Splenda has also come under criticism as the chemical that imparts sweetness contains chlorine which is highly unsafe for the body. A small portion of it is also indigestible, and may cause health problems.

edit Health Issues

Equal breaks down into phenylalanine, and people with phenylketonuria are unable to metabolize this amino acid and should avoid the consumption of Equal. Though there is lack of concrete evidence, some reports claim that consuming Equal in a large amount could cause dizziness and headache and even cancer. Studies testing the side effects of Splenda in rats have shown it to be linked with weight gain and reduction of good bacteria in the intestines, and migraine. However, it has not been substantiated and is not seen in humans.

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Anonymous comments (3)

September 25, 2013, 3:24am

My uncle developed and died from brain cancer, and it was believed that it was probably brought on from Equal ie..aspartame. Not worth the risk! It is all man made, including sugar. So processed, it doesn't even come close to it's natural state. I use honey and stevia.

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July 3, 2012, 7:28pm

I have discovered that unlike equal when using splenda, I develop unusually large amounts of gas. I love ice cream and am not able to find any ice cream that uses equal rather than splenda. Also, I have heard that splenda holds water, hmmm, just what us dieters need, more water weight! Anyone know if they have come across an ice cream using equal rather than splenda?

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April 1, 2011, 6:44am

I prolly used to use more sugar than 90% of the world. I would drink between 6-8 cans of soda a day to go along with crap like ice cream. I have tried every form of sweetener around from sweet n low to Stevia and everything in between. And I can tell you Equal tastes as close to sugar as you can get. Every other sweetener (outside of sugar) has a horrible aftertaste and this includes Splenda (I used Splenda before it became big).

Splenda should be forced by law to tell people Splenda is made from man made sugar, not from natural sugar. Because they purposely mislead people to believe Splenda is from all natural sugar, when it's not. If people knew it was from man made sugar and not natural sugar, it wouldn't be as big as it is. Because Splenda has a horrible aftertaste that Aspartame like Equal doesn't. And the fact is Aspartame tastes more like natural sugar than Splenda does. Maybe if Equal would lie/mislead people like Splenda does, they'd go back to being the top sweetener.

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