|Healthy Diet Plans >> Sweeteners >> Artificial Sugar Substitutes|
Substitute for SugarArtificial sweetener or sugar substitutes are chemicals that are calorie free but provide the sweetness of sugar. It is basically a food additive used in various products that attempts to duplicate the effects of sugar. They are many times sweeter than sugar, thus a small quantity is enough to equate large quantities of sugar. Unlike sugar some of the artificial sweeteners may have an unpleasant after taste. Sugar is a favorite and most overused substance world wide.
People with diabetes mellitus have difficulty in metabolizing sugar in blood. An artificial sweetener is a wise choice for them as they can enjoy the sweet taste of the food without leaving any sugar in the blood to metabolize. As artificial sweeteners provide zero calories it is used by many individuals to have control over their weight or used as a part of weight loss plan. Sugar substitutes are not fermented by the micro flora of the dental plaque and thus are non-carriogenic.
Five low calorie sweeteners are approved by Food and Drug Administration and have established an ‘acceptable daily intake’ (ADI) for each sweetener to avoid its abuse. These sweeteners can be used in a variety of food products and the ADI depicts the maximum amount that is considered safe to consume each day for life time.
|Submitted on February 24, 2009|