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.
This substitute is an intense calorie-free sweetener not metabolized by the body. Available since 1988 under the brand Sunett™, this mineral combo of potassium and acetoacetic acid has little impact on blood sugar. It can withstand high temperatures of baking and pasteurization so can be used in numerous food products and cough drops.
Sweetening Power: About 200 times sweeter than table sugar.
Precautions: Since it does resemble saccharin in taste, this sweetener is typically paired with others. While recognized by the government as safe, some critics remain skeptical.
The Sweet Truth: The World Health Organization suggests limiting daily intake to 15mg per kilogram of body weight.
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