Hi Shelly & Hep,
Splenda, also known as sucralose, is artificial sweetener which is a chlorinated sucrose derivative, its a chemical. Its probably not as bad as aspertame but I'd say it comes in a close 2nd. I guess it all depends on how "natural" one chooses to be, but it can cause thymus, kidney, and liver problems. My Hepatologist would rather see me use real (even white) sugar than aspertame or sucralose. I use honey as I've got quite a sweet tooth and we all deserve a few treats now & then.
I totally agree Shelly - anything for a quick buck & its up to us to read the labels and make educated choices. Diet is so important for us folks with Hep C. I don't want to sound like a fanatic. I believe diet is our most effective tool in managing Hep C (and weight). If I could get real Hoodia bark I'd probably try to chew it myself!