I came across a great article in Cooking Light that breaks it down pretty definitively, so I am sharing the info in the hopes of getting rid of some of the confusion.
• Splenda: “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
• Equal: calorie-free sweetener with aspartame
• Equal Spoonful: “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener with aspartame
• Brown Sugar Twin: “measures-like-sugar” brown sugar calorie-free sweetener
As the article notes, aspartame has been linked to devastating side effects like headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, and seizures and was responsible for the increased incidence of brain tumors, but there is no hard evidence proving that the sweetener is actually responsible for producing these problems.
The article concludes that any of the ‘measures like sugar’ substitutes can be used for cooking and baking, but that they prefer to use substitutes in small amounts in their recipes, also swapping sugar with small amounts of honey and fruit juices on occasion.
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