Sugar Substitutes: The Sweet Truth
Are your snacks, desserts, medicines, and even toiletries made with the healthiest sweeteners? From aspartame to stevia, we take a close look at popular sugar substitutes. By: Maureen Callahan, M.S., R.D.
Discovered in 1879 and the oldest of artificial sugar substitutes, saccharin has taken a roller coaster ride into and out of public favor. Nearly banned by the government in 1977, the little pink packages (Sweet’N Low) have branched out to include liquid formulas and a brown sugar blend.
Sweetening Power: 300 times sweeter than sugar.
Precautions: Remember those warning labels on foods sweetened with saccharin? Not to worry. In 2000, scientists realized that while saccharin may cause bladder cancer in rats, it doesn’t cause it in humans.
The Sweet Truth: Because of its bitter aftertaste, saccharin is often used with other sweeteners.
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