Artificial Sugar Substitutes or Sweeteners

One way to avoid sugar-based food additives is to avoid the foods that contain them, if that is possible. It is a long list and includes diet sodas and other beverages, protein shakes, cereals, breakfast bars, sugar-free and frozen desserts, powdered desserts like puddings and gelatin, candy, chewing gum, baked goods, diet foods, toothpaste, mouthwash, chewable and liquid medicines, etc. Translate etc to mean read all labels.

Acesulfame potassium, which goes by the name of Sunett or Sweet One is often blended with other artificial sweeteners because of its unpleasant aftertaste. It can handle high heat baking.

Aspartame has been around since 1965 and is the preferred sweetener of the US food industry. The more common name is Equal or NutraSweet. It is 200 times sweeter than table sugar. It doesn’t hold up to high temperature baking.

Saccharin has been around since the 19th century and is about 400 times as sweet as table sugar. It is a chemical that is more commonly known as Sweet’N…

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