Event Date / Time
11th Oct, 10 am onwards
What are sugar substitutes? What are its types?
“Sugar substitutes” or artificial sweeteners are an alternative to regular table sugar (sucrose) and used to sweeten food or drinks without adding too many calories or raising blood sugar levels. These are especially used by people affected by diabetes. Hence, the American Heart Association (AHA) has labelled these sweeteners under the category of non-nutritive sweeteners.
Nutritive sweeteners, on the other hand, contain some calories but half of the amount present in sugar. Some examples of nutritive sweeteners are agave, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, and honey. These sweeteners are not recommended for diabetic and obese patients.
Sugar alcohol or polyols are also considered nutritive sweeteners and can be found in products that are labelled ‘reduced sugar’ or ‘sugar free’. They are natural sugar substitutes derived from plants.
Sugar substitutes permitted to be used in food by the FDA
As stated earlier, the FDA has approved the use of eight sugar substitutes or non-nutritive sweeteners in food.