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With all the artificial sweeteners available, you may find it challenging to separate fact from fiction.
In fact, so many new sweeteners have made their way to market.
With all this sweet talk, it’s no wonder that you may be confused about which sweeteners to use.
Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar
Are foods that contain artificial sweeteners in some ways healthier than those that use natural sugar?
Consuming products that contain artificial sweeteners instead of pure sugar can help lower calorie and sugar intake for people with diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners also enhance the taste of foods and beverages without adding the calories that sugar would provide.
However, you do need to use artificial sweeteners judiciously.
Many artificially sweetened products, such as hot cocoa mixes, frozen desserts and baked goods, contain empty calories without offering the additional nutritional benefit of pure sugar. Therefore, low or no calories from sugar doesn’t automatically mean that a product is more nutritious.
Read food labels to evaluate the overall nutritional value of a food, regardless of whether the sweetener used is natural or artificial.
The Safety of Artificial Sweeteners
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a list of acceptable food additives, which it calls "generally recognized as safe."
See “Sweet Options” for the artificial sweeteners that meet this standard.
The ADA’s Position Paper on artificial sweeteners concluded that you can safely enjoy products with these sweeteners in combination with a well-balanced diet.
That said, you need to understand that the key is moderation when it comes to any sweetener. The goal should be to eat a varied and balanced diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods.
This cannot be achieved if you are focusing solely on foods that contain artificial sweeteners.
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