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05-03-2004, 04:36 AM
What is SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener?

SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener contains sucralose (SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener), the no calorie sweetener made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar, with no unpleasant aftertaste. It can also be used in cooking and baking in a variety of recipes. Like many no and low calorie sweeteners, SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener also contains a very small amount of the common food ingredients, dextrose and/or maltodextrin, for volume. Because the amount of these ingredients is so small, SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener still has an insignificant calorie value per serving and meets FDA's standards for "no calorie" sweeteners.

How is SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener made?

SPLENDAŽ is the brand name for the ingredient sucralose. It is made through a patented, multi-step process that starts with sugar and converts it to a no calorie, non-carbohydrate sweetener. The process selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. Chlorine is present naturally in many of the foods and beverages that we eat and drink every day ranging from lettuce, mushrooms and table salt. In the case of sucralose, its addition converts sucrose to sucralose, which is essentially inert. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener that tastes like sugar, but without sugar’s calories. After consumption, sucralose passes through the body without being broken down for energy, so it has no calories, and the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate.

How was the safety of SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener determined?

More than 100 scientific studies on sucralose conducted over a 20-year period have demonstrated the safety of SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener. The data from these comprehensive studies were independently evaluated by the FDA and international experts in a variety of scientific disciplines. The safety of sucralose has also been confirmed by years of both domestic and international use.

Do products sweetened with SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener carry any warning labels or information statements?

No. The regulatory agencies and scientific review bodies that have approved the use of SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener have not required any warning or special information statements to be placed on the labels of products sweetened with SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener.

How is sucralose handled by the body?

Although sucralose is made from sugar, the body does not recognize it as sugar or a carbohydrate. It is not metabolized by the body, so it is calorie-free.

Can pregnant and breast-feeding women consume SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener?

Yes. SPLENDAŽ products can be used by anyone, including pregnant women and nursing mothers. As always, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should talk to their healthcare providers about their special nutritional needs.

Can my children use SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener?

Yes. SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener can be a great addition to healthy meal plans for children.

Can people with diabetes use SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener?

Yes. Numerous studies have shown that SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener, or sucralose, is suitable for people with diabetes. Sucralose is not recognized by the body as sugar or as a carbohydrate. It is not metabolized by the body and does not affect blood glucose levels. Sucralose has no effect on carbohydrate metabolism or insulin secretion. Foods and beverages sweetened with SPLENDAŽ Brand Sweetener can provide good-tasting, lower-calorie alternatives for people with diabetes who are interested in reducing their calorie or sugar intake. As always, people with diabetes should consult their doctors or diabetes healthcare professionals for advice on an individualized dietary plan.

What is the role of SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener in a healthy diet?

SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener may be used as part of a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods in moderate portions. Because SPLENDAŽ No Calorie Sweetener tastes like sugar and can be used for cooking and baking, it helps meet consumer demand for good-tasting foods and beverages without all the empty calories of sugar.