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Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Sweeteners

What is Splenda?

Splenda is the trade name for a new synthetic compound called sucralose, comprised of two molecules of sucrose (sugar) and three molecules of chlorine.

Splenda is fast becoming the artificial sweetener choice of many. Splenda is made from sugar. Splenda is sweeter than sugar and has no calories. Splenda is currently being packaged for baking, as well. It is heat stable and can be used for cooking and in hot drinks.

Splenda is often referred to as a natural substance. Products featuring Splenda can be labeled “natural” because of the FDA-approved claim that Splenda is made from sugar. While some industry experts claim that the main molecular ingredient of splenda is, other independent researchers say it has more in common with pesticides.

What is Nutrasweet?

NutraSweet is the brand name for the sweetener aspartame. Aspartame does not come from sugar and it is an artificial product. NutraSweet is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains little or no calories.

People with the extremely rare disease Phenylketonuria should consult with their physician before consuming aspartame (Nutrasweet and Equal) in beverages or products.

What is Equal?

Equal is the brand name of a sweetener that contains aspartame

Aspartame, the sweetening ingredient in Equal. Aspartame does not come from sugar and it is an artificial product. Equal is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains little or no calories.

What is Sweet and Low?

Sweet and Low is an artificial product with a mixture of saccharin and dextrose. Sweet and Low is sweeter than sugar and contains no calories. There was some controversy in the 1970s regarding Sweet and Low and its association with bladder cancer. However, it has seen been found safe.

What You Should Know about Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have helped many individuals seeking to lose weight. Artificial sweeteners allow individuals to have the sweet taste they desire without the calories of sugar, or the spike in blood glucose levels.

However, many individuals misinterpret the benefit of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners should not be consumed in large portions.

The trend to embrace artificial sweeteners shows no signs of slowing down. A reported 180 million Americans consume artificial sweeteners on a regular basis. With continued research and new products on the horizon, artificial sweeteners should become more healthy and economical.

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