How to Cook Healthy With Splenda
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Cooking healthy food means more than simply substituting sugar with Splenda, but it's a good place to start. Made from chemically modified sugar molecules, Splenda (sucralose) can replace sugar in many recipes. Splenda's versatility and the fact that it does not interact with other ingredients in your recipes make it a suitable, noncaloric sugar substitute for everyone, including those with diabetes. However, it does not caramelize, which means baked goods in which Splenda is the only sweetener will not brown. Start with a healthful recipe and substitute a Splenda product to reduce the number of calories.
Find a recipe with a dressing, sauce, salsa, dip, jam or jelly, glaze, marinade or chutney. Make sure the main ingredients include good fats, vitamins, protein and fiber. Because cookie and cake recipes rarely include any of those, you may consider using Splenda in macerated berries and in homemade whipped cream instead.
Read the ingredients of your recipe closely, noting how much sugar is called for and if additional sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, corn syrup or molasses are used. These cannot be substituted with Splenda because, in addition to sweetening, they moisten, provide texture and volume, and brown.
Decide how much of the sweetener you want to replace with Granulated Splenda, Splenda Sugar Blend or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. The first measures just like sugar; the blends are used at half the amounts called for in your recipe.
Write on the recipe or in the cookbook what you substituted and how much you used so that the next time you make the food item, you can duplicate your success or tweak the recipe for different results.