Know Your Sweeteners
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Know Your Sweeteners

Sweetness is a universally pleasurable experience and plays a key role for many people when choosing food and drinks. One’s personal preferences for the sweet taste can be satisfied with a number of caloric or low- and no-calorie sweeteners. Caloric sweeteners include simple sugars like fructose and glucose, as well as foods that naturally contain these sugars, such as honey and cane sugar. For most people, foods and drinks which contain these sweeteners can fit into a balanced lifestyle when consumed in healthy moderation.

Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are typically a few hundred times sweeter than table sugar, so very small portions of these need to be used to add sweetness to food and drinks. The sweet taste of such sweeteners provides few, if any, calories, making the foods and drinks that sweetened with them a good choice for those looking to reduce caloric or carbohydrates intake. Since they do not elevate blood sugar levels, Acesulfame K, Saccharin, Sucralose and Aspartame are some of the low calorie artificial sweeteners often included in “diet” foods and many foods marketed to diabetics. Such sweeteners are tested and recognized as safe by the European Food Safety Authority & the U.S. FDA.

SodaStream currently sweetens its flavors with Sucralose, Acesulfame- K, Aspartame and Cyclamate, in different combinations with each other, or combined with sugar, depending on the specific flavor range. For those who prefer natural alternatives to these sweeteners, SodaStream also offers all natural flavor essences and various syrup ranges sweetened with just cane sugar, fructose and Stevia.

One of the newest sweeteners on the market that is gaining much attention is Stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant that is native to South America and has a long history of use. Stevia is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar, but is calorie-free, so it’s a great option for those interested in no-calorie sweeteners that are also natural and it is currently in use in countries around the world. SodaStream’s new Naturals Light line of syrups will be sweetened with a combination of stevia and cane sugar.

When it comes to sweeteners, there’s a wide selection available to meet a variety of needs, whether they be natural, caloric, or low or no calorie sweeteners. Whichever sweetener you choose to satisfy your personal desire for sweet taste, remember to consume it within a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle in order to feel good about yourself.