I just went to the grocery store and bought some packets of Sugar in the Raw.
Given that artificial sweeteners like Equal and Splenda have just as much calories per gram as table sugar, I no longer think that artificial sweeteners are worth buying.
Perhaps food companies mislabel these products as zero calories in order to make money off people who don’t know any better.
The first two ingredients of artificial sweeteners are dextrose and maltodextrin, types of sugar. I feel like I’ve been deceived my entire life.
This is the USDA’s nutrition facts database:
Per 100 grams, Splenda has 336 kcal and 80.33 grams of sugar.
Per 100 grams, Equal has 365 kcal and 80.70 grams of sugar.
Per 100 grams, granulated sugar has 375 kcal and 100 grams of sugar.
Despite claiming to be calorie-free, the most popular zero-calorie sweeteners have almost the same amount of calories per gram as table sugar.
This is because, if an individual packet has less than five calories, it’s legally allowed in the United States to be labeled as zero calories.