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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|Sucrose (sugar)||1x||Beet / Cane (plant)||Y|
|Fructose||1.2x - 1.7x||Beet / Cane (plant) / Grain||Y|
|Dextrose||0.66 - 0.75x||Beet / Cane (plant) / Grain||Y|
|Maltose||0.32x||Beet / Cane (plant)||Y|
|HFCS (55/42)||0.92x - 0.99x||Fructose / Glucose||Y|
|Stevia (Reb A)||200x - 400x||Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni (sunflower family)||Y|
|Aspartame||150x - 200x||Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid||N|
|Sodium Saccharin||300x||Benzoic Sulfimide||N|
|Sucralose||600x||Sugar, Acetic Acid, Chlorine||N|
|Maltitol||0.75x - 0.90x||Sugar Hydrogenation||Y|
|Xylitol||1x||Birch Wood, Corncobs||Y|
|Mannitol||0.50x - 0.70x||Sugar Hydrogenation||Y|
|Erythritol||0.60x - 0.70x||Fruits, Berries, Glucose Hydrogenation||Y|
|Nectave Agave Crystals||1.3x||Blue Agave Plant||Y|
* as compared to sucrose
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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".