Originally Posted by OldWorld
Do not use Splenda. It is a chlorine molecule attached to sugar...
Made from tastes like sugar is not a reality.
Instead of Splenda use Stevia root powder. It is safe but the FDA of America has not allowed it to be legally sold in soft drink products. In Europe they allow it.
In the US it is to be sold only as a nutritional supplement.
Chlorine is a not added as a molecule in Splenda and the element chlorine is used to replace elements in the sugar molecule (so much for the mustard gas myth perpetuated by the sugar lobby here in the US). Table salt has the element chlorine in it as well, do you avoid using it?
It does taste just like cane sugar (sucrose) for 95% of the population that do not have hypersensitivity to chlorine. Stevia is a good option but there is some concern why the FDA hasn't approved it, just because Europe allows it (lower food additive standards than here, BTW) doesn't mean it's a good thing.
I've used Splenda to back sweeten cider and in taste testing there is no difference in the taste between it and lactose (also used to back sweeten without additional fermentation).