Sucralose, commonly sold under the brand name Splenda, is a calorie- and carb-free alternative to table sugar. Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, but since it has no effect on blood sugar levels, it's useful as a sugar substitute for people who have diabetes or are trying to manage their weight. It's added to a variety of packaged foods and drinks.
Diet sodas, flavored iced teas, sparkling waters, fruit-flavored waters and hot chocolate are examples of drinks that may contain sucralose. The use of Splenda reduces the amount of calories, sugar and carbohydrates these drinks contain compared to those with regular sugar. A 12-ounce can of regular soda contains about 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, while a diet soda made with Splenda contains no calories or sugar.
Protein Powders and Meal Replacements
Protein supplements such as ready-to-drink smoothies and shakes, powdered mixes and meal replacement bars are often made with sucralose. Low-carb snack and meal replacement bars, drink mixes, and beverages also use Splenda since it does not contain any carbohydrates. Regular table sugar contains 4 grams of carbohydrates per teaspoon.
Condiments labeled "low-calorie" or "sugar-free" often contain added sucralose to provide a source of sweetness instead of sugar. Products such as maple syrup alternatives, salad dressings, barbecue sauces, flavored coffee syrups, fruit spreads and jams are examples of condiments that commonly contain sucralose.
Frozen desserts including low-carb and no-sugar-added ice creams and frozen yogurts, ice cream sandwiches and novelty bars often use sucralose as a sweetener. The additive can be found in refrigerated dairy products such as fat-free eggnog, light smoothie drinks and flavored yogurts to lower the amount of sugar and calories these products contain.
Chewing Gums and Candy
Candies and chewing gums use Splenda to provide a sugar-free, low-calorie alternative to the regular variety. Sweets like jelly beans, hard candies, breath mints and strips, chocolates and candy sprays all may contain sucralose. Chewing gums in both the mint and fruit-flavored varieties may include sucralose as a sweetener.