FOOD & NUTRITION SWEETENERS

It is no secret that Americans are consuming added sugar at unprecedented rates. On average, added sugar accounts for about 14 percent of an average American's daily calorie intake. Found primarily in beverages, cakes, ice cream, and candy, added sugars have become so common in foods that most people do not even realize how much sugar they are consuming on a daily basis.

THE ROLE OF SWEETENERS

Sweeteners are additives which provide the basic taste of sweetness to a food product. Sweeteners may be natural, artificial, nutritive or non-nutritive. They are available in varying sweetness profiles, compared to sugar and also vary in the amount of calories they contribute to the diet.

Sweeteners can also be used to enhance the flavor, texture and appearance of foods while also providing some degree of shelf-life extension. While some sweeteners are used independently, many are used in tandem with one another to provide the optimum result within the formulation.

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FEATURED Sweeteners

Download a copy of our featured sweetener ingredients (PDF, 277 KB) to learn more about calories (kcal/g), potential applications, and more!

SweetenerIntensity*Raw MaterialNatural
Sucrose (sugar)1xBeet / Cane (plant)Y
Fructose1.2x - 1.7xBeet / Cane (plant) / GrainY
Dextrose0.66 - 0.75xBeet / Cane (plant) / GrainY
Maltose0.32xBeet / Cane (plant)Y
HFCS (55/42)0.92x - 0.99xFructose / GlucoseY
Stevia (Reb A)200x - 400xStevia Rebaudiana Bertoni (sunflower family)Y
Aspartame150x - 200xPhenylalanine, Aspartic AcidN
Acesulfame K200xDiketeneN
Sodium Saccharin300xBenzoic SulfimideN
Sucralose600xSugar, Acetic Acid, ChlorineN
Maltitol0.75x - 0.90xSugar HydrogenationY
Xylitol1xBirch Wood, CorncobsY
Sorbitol0.66xCorn SyrupY
Mannitol0.50x - 0.70xSugar HydrogenationY
Erythritol0.60x - 0.70xFruits, Berries, Glucose HydrogenationY
Nectave Agave Crystals1.3xBlue Agave PlantY

* as compared to sucrose

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Stevia sweetener and stevia leaves

Looking for more information about natural sweeteners?

It is no secret that Americans are consuming added sugar at unprecedented rates. On average, added sugar accounts for about 14 percent of an average American's daily calorie intake.

If you're interesting in learning more about sweeteners – kinds, uses, applications – take a few minutes to read:

A Guide to Sweeteners in the Food Industry

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