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How To Identify Artificial Sweeteners

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“Is it true that Artificial sweeteners are like slow sweet poisons?” YES! Before you get addicted to those fancy artificial sweeteners, wake up! Identify artificial sweeteners in your “light” or “diet” products, to ensure you are having the right product.


 



Identifying artificial sweetener is like identifying “bad foods in disguise”. A variety of artificial sweeteners are available in the market, each of them are unique in their own pretend to impress customers. Know your body type with help of a doctor, as you choose which sweetener will work best for you.

Aspartame:


Aspartame is a combination of phenylalanine and aspartic acid. These two amino acids are 220 times sweeter than sugar. Aspartame is available on the market under the brand names Equal and NutraSweet.


 


Saccharin:


Saccharin is a chemical compound, without the use of glucose which performs as a no-calorie sweetener. Mostly composed of carbon this ironically bonded compound also contains elements of hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur. It is sold under the brand name Sweet'N Low.


 


Sucralose:


Sucralose is the only no-calorie sweetener derived from sugar. It is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and made by substituting chlorine atoms for hydroxyl groups on the sugar atom. This sweetener is sold under the brand name Splenda.


The popular artificial sweeteners are marketed with different brand names, but the brand names for these sweeteners are not printed on the pack itself.


If you prefer artificial sweeteners over natural sweeteners, then here is a list of ingredients to look for


 


Easy Instructions:


Look for the ingredient aspartame. This artificial sweetener is approved by FDA and is packaged under the brand names NutraSweet, Equal and Sugar Twin. It is used in over six thousand products and is usually listed as aspartame in the ingredients list in products like diet soda. It has been a talk of town with many claiming it as a cause of health problems.


Acesulfame K: It is also a flavor-enhancer. Look for any of the following names given for this sweetener: acesulfame k, acesulfame potassium, Ace-K or the brand name Sunnett.


Look for the ingredient saccharin. It's usually listed as saccharin in the ingredient's list on products which contain this artificial sweetener. Brand names include; Sweet and Low, Sweet 'N Low, Sweet Twin and Necta Sweet.


Look for the ingredient sucralose. This artificial sweetener can be found in over four thousand products, including baked goods. The brand name is Splenda.


Tips


  • Identify artificial sweeteners in your “light” or “diet” products; make sure to have the right product to be on safer end.

  • Whether you try to avoid artificial sweeteners, or prefer them over natural sweeteners, be sure to check the ingredients carefully.


 


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