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– Types of sweeteners:
– Artificial sweeteners are widely used in commercial food and drinks.
– Natural non-sugar sweeteners like glycyrrhizin from liquorice are available.
Stevia, aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and neotame are common artificial sweeteners.
Honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, monk fruit extract, and stevia are natural sweeteners.
– Some sweeteners have zero calories while others have lower glycemic index values.

– Health considerations:
– Artificial sweeteners may help reduce calorie intake for weight management.
– Some studies suggest a link between artificial sweeteners and health issues.
– Natural sweeteners can still impact blood sugar levels.
– Moderation in sweetener consumption is essential for overall health.
– Individuals with certain health conditions should consult a healthcare provider before using sweeteners.

– Regulations and labeling:
– The FDA regulates the use of sweeteners in the United States.
– Labels on food products must list sweeteners used.
– Different countries have varying regulations on sweetener use.
– Some sweeteners are approved for specific uses only.
– Mislabeling or misrepresentation of sweeteners can lead to legal consequences.

– Culinary uses:
– Sweeteners are essential in baking to add sweetness.
– They are used in beverages to enhance flavor.
– Sweeteners can be added to sauces and dressings for balance.
– Some sweeteners are used in preserving foods.
– Different sweeteners work best in specific culinary applications.

– Environmental impact:
– Production of some sweeteners may have environmental consequences.
– Packaging and transportation of sweeteners contribute to carbon footprints.
– Sustainable sweetener options are being explored.
– Excessive sweetener consumption may lead to waste generation.
– Awareness of the environmental impact of sweeteners is increasing among consumers.

Sweetener (Wikipedia)

A sweetener is a substance added to food or drink to impart the flavor of sweetness, either because it contains a type of sugar, or because it contains a sweet-tasting sugar substitute. Various natural non-sugar sweeteners and artificial sweeteners are used to produce food and drink.

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