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Alternative Sweeteners. By: Kaci Thompson. Choosing Alternatives. Many consumers turn to alternative sweeteners to help them limit kcalories and minimize sugar intake. Doing so will, you will encounter: Artificial Sweeteners Herbal Products Sugar Alcohols. Alternative Sweeteners.

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alternative sweeteners

Alternative Sweeteners

By:

Kaci Thompson

choosing alternatives
Choosing Alternatives
  • Many consumers turn to alternative sweeteners to help them limit kcalories and minimize sugar intake.
  • Doing so will, you will encounter:
    • Artificial Sweeteners
    • Herbal Products
    • Sugar Alcohols
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Alternative Sweeteners
  • Also called non-nutritive sweeteners
  • Provide virtually no energy
  • Sugar substitutes
  • Large doses of these (or their components or metabolic by-products) may have adverse effects.
herbal products
Herbal Products
  • Derived from a plants leaves (such as stevia)
  • Sometimes sold as dietary supplements
sugar alcohols
Sugar Alcohols
  • Polyols, provide bulk and sweetness in cookies, hard candies, sugarless gums, jams, and jellies.
  • Claim to be sugar free; but doesn’t mean kcalorie free.
  • Referred to as nutritive sweeteners since they yield energy
  • Occur naturally in fruits and vegetables
  • Also used in many processed foods
sugar alcohols cont d
Sugar Alcohols Cont’d
  • Evoke a low glycemic response
  • Enter the bloodstream slower than other sugars
  • Side effects include intestinal gas,, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea
  • Do not contribute to dental caries (cavities)
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Alternative Sweeteners
  • Advised to use in moderation
  • Can be good alternatives for people with diabetes, in moderation
  • Inhibits caries-causing bacteria
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