Due to advancing insight, sugar has become public enemy Number One these days. Much more abhorred than cholesterol or fat, sugar is seen as one of the biggest threats for obesity (and thus diabetes), tooth decay and other health issues.
The WHO has published guidelines for the intake of sugar. They recommend that sugar makes up 10 percent or fewer of our daily calorie intake. That is not as much as we might think it is. We can illustrate this with an example:
For a woman who eats 2,000 kilocalories (kcal) per day, this amounts to 50 grams of free sugars per day, which equals 2 large glasses of soft drink.
The WHO even suggests that it is better to reduce sugar consumption to 5% of energy, which means that the woman in the example reaches the maximum suggested amount with just one fizzy drink.
We love Sweet
It probably won’t be a surprise that we eat and drink much more sweet stuff than that. Of course humans vary in their preference of taste; some of them dislike sweet foods and drinks, while others may be genuine sweet addicts. But we can safely presume that at least half of all people like sweet goodies.
These two facts -we love sweet and all those calories in sugar are bad for our health-, leave us with a somewhat uncomfortable problem. How can we enjoy those deliciously sweet cupcakes, super nice candy and mouth watering soft drinks, without the danger of crossing the maximum amount of sugar calories?
Luckily, for all of you with a yummy sweet tooth, we discovered alternatives for sugar that provide the same sweet taste while containing far less calories. Some sugar substitutes are produced by nature (like sorbitol and xylitol), others are produced synthetically (e.g. aspartame and sucralose). The sweeteners that are not produced by nature are called artificial sweeteners or artificial sugar substitutes.
Artificial sugar substitutes
We know different kinds of artificial sugar replacements. One important class is known as high-intensity sweeteners. These high intensity sweeteners are many times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar), so much less sweetener is required to get the same taste.
Artificial sugar replacements are often used in (complex) blends and mixtures to approach the taste of natural sugar the best. Because only a little sweetener is necessary, energy contribution is often negligible. This means it can help with reducing the intake of empty calories from sugar and other carbs.
Facts and claims on sugar replacements
Is low calorie artificial sugar substitute the panacea in weight loss? There are a lot of claims suggesting that low calorie sweeteners would in fact undermine body weight regulation and make us crave for more sweetness. Or that sugar replacements would disrupt body’s energy intake control.
In a review paper published on Nov. 23rd 2017, ‘The role of low-calorie sweeteners in the prevention and management of overweight and obesity: evidence v. conjecture.‘, Prof Peter Rogers, University of Bristol, UK, examines the available scientific literature to date on the impact of low calorie sweeteners on weight control. He also evaluates some claims regarding the effect of low calorie sweeteners on energy intake and preference for sweetness. Prof. Rogers concludes that there is little or no evidence in support of these claims.
So however artificial sugar substitutes should not be seen like the cure in weight loss, we can safely say that including low calorie sweetened food and drinks in the diet, can help us reduce calorie intake while still enjoying the sweet-tasting of all kinds of delicious drinks and food.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our bulk high-intensity sweeteners, packaging, lead time or certificates COA (Certificates of Analysis), TDS (Technical Data Sheet), MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). Together we will make a happier, healthier and sweeter life!