If maltodextrin has roughly the same amount of calories as sugar why does Splenda 1 part sucralose 99 parts maltodextrin... claim to be a 'No Calorie Sweetener'?
Splenda packets do not have only maltodextrin as a bulking ingredient, but maltodextrin and dextrose. Granulated Splenda has only maltodextrin. Both dextrose and maltodextrin …are forms of sugar and have 4 kcal per gram. One packet of Splenda is 1 g, so with 99% maltodextrin+dextrose it has less than 4 kcal. In the US, foods having less than 5 kcal per serving can be labeled "zero calorie". So a packet of Splenda, having less than 4 kcal, can be said to have zero calories. A serving of granulated Splenda, which is 1 teaspoon, has 0.5 g carbohydrate, thus approx. 2 kcal (0.5 g x 4 kcal/g = 2 kcal); again, being below 5 kcal, it can be labeled "zero calorie". Liquid Splenda has no bulking ingredients, and therefore no carbs and no calories. (MORE)