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.
Real sugar gets a low-cal makeover with some chemical manipulation plugging chlorine into three of sugar’s hydroxyl groups. If the chemistry sounds Greek, know that the end result, called Splenda, is way sweeter and lower in calories than sugar.
Sweetening Power: 600 times the sweetness of sugar.
Precautions: This sweetener is probably the least controversial with no documented adverse side effects. You can bake with it, but it can't compare to using real sugar.
The Sweet Truth: An ingredient in 1500 products, Consumer Reports says 65 percent of American households bought at least one sucralose-containing product in 2008.
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