Types of Artificial Sweeteners

Types of Artificial Sweeteners


Artificial Sweeteners have become increasingly popular all over the world as with the help of these even people who are inflicted with diabetes can enjoy a daily dose of sweets. There is a huge debate raging around the world regarding the efficacy of these artificial sweeteners but no real breakthrough has been achieved so far.

There are actually five types of artificial sweeteners namely –

1)  Acesulfame – K: This type of sweetener is actually 200 times sweeter than natural, unprocessed sugar. It can be used in different products and also in cooking. Recent researches have proved that this type of artificial sweetener is absolutely safe for all.

2)  Aspartame: This type is also 200 times sweeter than sugar. It can be used in cooking but tends to lose its sweetness when exposed to heat. Initially it was thought that aspartame causes brain cancer but later studies revealed no major concern. In spite of all the research it can be safely said that aspartame is not for everyone because not everyone can metabolize the main ingredient which is a type of amino acid. It is always advised that if after using aspartame you are experiencing headaches then it is best to avoid it for a period of 10 to 14 days to see the effects.

3) Cyclamate: This is mainly used as a tabletop sweetener and never permitted in processed foods.

4) Saccharin: This is actually 400 times sweeter than sugar and used only as a tabletop sweetener. It is not expensive at all and usually sold by pharmacies. Though initially it was thought that saccharin causes bladder cancer recent reports state otherwise.

5)Sucralose: This is 600 times sweeter than natural sugar and approved for use in all foods and beverages.

Most of the artificial sweeteners available in the market today is Aspartame. These are sold as OTC drugs and people take these without any prior approval from the house physicians. So the most common result is that people tend to experience side effects like headaches. So a wise discretion is advised before thinking of buying an artificial sweetener.  In conclusion it can be said that artificial sweeteners are safe when used in moderate quantities and they are not known to cause tooth decay.

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