Sweeteners and Sugar Substitutes
Noncaloric sweeteners, also called no- and low-calorie sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, add sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, foods and beverages sweetened with noncaloric sweeteners can be incorporated into a healthy eating plan.
Noncaloric sweeteners can help make reduced-calorie foods and beverages taste better, which can help in long-term weight maintenance. Keep in mind that products containing noncaloric sweeteners may not be calorie-free or fat-free. Check the food labels for nutritional information. For more information, visit www.eatright.org.
The following is a chart of noncaloric sweeteners approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Due to limited studies in children, the AAP has no official recommendations regarding the use of noncaloric sweeteners.
Noncaloric Sweeteners Approved by the FDA
|Acesulfame potassium (Ace-K)
||Sunett, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One
All noncaloric sweeteners are
- Safe for the general population, including people with diabetes, pregnant women, and children. (Note: Aspartame contains phenylalanine and is not safe for people with a rare hereditary condition called phenylketonuria [PKU].)
- Do not cause or increase the risk of cancer. (Note: In 2001 products containing saccharin no longer required a warning label; studies found no link between saccharin and bladder cancer in humans.)
- Do not cause or increase the risk of other health conditions. Sweetness and taste vary among sweeteners.
Nutrasweet, Equal, Sugar Twin (blue box)
||Sweet'N Low, Sweet Twin, Necta Sweet
||Years prior to 1958
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