Sugar substitutes are nothing but a food additives or sweeteners that taste just like sugar while containing significantly fewer calories. The usage of sugar substitutes has significantly increased among the health watchers for this reason. So what are some common sweet substitutes available in the market and how safe are they?
Popular Sugar Substitutes (Artificial Sweeteners) in Market
- Equal: The sweetener used is aspartame. Each 1/4th teaspoon of the packet has sweetness similar to that of 2 teaspoons of sugar due to the sweetener aspartame. These are used in beverages like diet cokes, certain breakfast cereals, and some low-calorie desserts.
- Splenda: This contains sucralose as the sweetener. It is 600 times as sweet as table sugar. Though it is made from a sugar molecule it is chemically manufactured in a lab so that it passes out of the body un-metabolised and has no calories. It is used in dairy products, ketchup, and bakery products.
- Sweet’NLow: The sweetening compound here is saccharin. It is 300 times sweeter than table sugar and 1/4th teaspoon of this product have less than 4 calories.
- Truvia: It is made from stevia, which is a herb that is a completely natural sweetener, found in Central and South America. It is 40 times sweeter than sugar and contains zero calories.
Though rumor persists that artificial sweeteners like saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose carry health hazards, many regulatory bodies including FDA have deemed them safe for consumption in permissible limits. Stevia is the only sweetener approved safe by FDA and given a GRAS (GRAS-Generally Recognized as Safe) status. One should remember that artificial sweeteners are made in the lab chemically and most of which our body cannot digest or is extremely difficult to digest and excrete from the body. There are many cases to point out that the prolonged use of artificial sweeteners leads to health hazards.
Sugar isn’t Bad!
Sugar is good! 1 teaspoon of sugar gives only 20 calories. It is easy to digest and absorb by the body. We can definitely reduce the amount of added sugar in our diet with careful planning to keep away the empty calories. Be wise and eat naturally!
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