How can I substitute an artificial sweetener for sugar when cooking?

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Internal Medicine
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Some brands offer pre-made blends of sugar and artificial sweeteners. These blends are meant to be used in baking. They are half-sugar and half-artificial sweetener, so they have half the calories and carbohydrate as sugar.

As with all artificial sweeteners, you will want to read the instructions for substituting these blends for sugar. For example, when replacing regular sugar with Splenda's Sugar Blend (half-granular Splenda, half-sugar), they suggest using half as much:

1/2 cup Splenda sugar blend = 387 calories + 97 grams of carbohydrate
Instead of 1 cup sugar = 774 calories + 200 grams of carbohydrate

Remember that baking blends still have a significant amount of calories and carbohydrates that need to be considered when meal planning because they are half sugar.

For more detailed information on cooking and baking with different sugar substitutes, visit the manufacturer's website. They will also usually provide additional recipes that use their products.

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