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What can I use in place of Splenda or other chemical sugar replacements?

I am one of those people who cannot use Splenda, or a lot of the ones that replace sugar. I get rashes, my hair falls out, huge tummy issues!

I need to know how to use your diets to help lose weight and not use Splenda and eat better.

Dr. Gourmet Says...


There are some Dr. Gourmet recipes that use Splenda, but you do have options. The recipes have been tested with three sweeteners: granulated sugar, stevia and Splenda. All three will work and there are instructions on many of the recipes regarding this.

The Splenda used in the recipes is the kind that comes in the large bag and measures like sugar. As such, you would use an equal amount of sugar when substituting for Splenda. Keep in mind that substituting sugar for Splenda will add calories. Each teaspoon of sugar will add about 16 calories.

For a calorie free option, stevia works also. I have tested a number of stevia products and have found that the best course is to follow the package instructions for substitution.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet