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What can I use instead of Splenda?

I really don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners. I'd rather just do without. Can I skip this ingredient? Or can I use a small amount of real sugar or honey or applesauce?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

I have had good success using Splenda in recipes to cut down on total calories. Like you, I have not felt that artificial sweeteners have the same taste as sugar, but Splenda is pretty close and it works very much like sugar in the quickbread and dessert recipes on the Dr. Gourmet website.

You would be fine to use equal amounts of sugar in place of the Splenda in any dish, as all of those recipes were tested with sugar first. In most cases this won't add too much sugar, but do be aware that a teaspoon of sugar is about 15 calories and consider adjusting your diet accordingly.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet

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