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Sweeteners

Background Information

Benefits and Safety of Low Calorie Sweeteners

Although low calorie sweeteners are sometimes seen as modern ingredients, they have been used for more than a century. In Europe and around the world, low calorie sweeteners, like other food additives, undergo a rigorous assessment process. The European Food Safety Authority sets acceptable daily intake levels and reviews new evidence on any safety issues that arise. These safeguards can reassure the public that approved low calorie sweeteners are safe.

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Focus on Stevia

Stevia is a plant that has been used for centuries by natives of South America as a traditional sweetener, added to herbal teas and other beverages. Stevia leaves contain natural sweeteners, called steviol glycosides. The two main sweet-tasting components are stevioside and rebaudioside A, which are up to 300 times sweeter than sugar and therefore they can be used to sweeten food without providing calories. Steviol glycosides offer the additional appeal ...

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Science Briefs

EFSA conclude aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current intake levels

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Stevia Sweeteners: No evidence of genotoxicity

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Fructose: is public health action necessary?

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Podcasts
Low Calorie Sweeteners 15/10/2012
An introduction to the sweetener Stevia and a description of its evaluation by EFSA 09/06/2011
About Stevia 18/12/2013
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FAQ

Aspartame Q&A

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Stevia Q&A

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Videos and webinars
DIETS-EFAD Conference Webinars: Understanding sweetness: translating the science into everyday practice for dietitians. 04/06/2015
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Food Today

Replacing sugars - rationale, benefits and challenges

Food and beverage companies are reformulating foods, i.e. changing the composition of processed foods, including the reduction of sugars. However food reformulation is no simple task. Apart from sweetness, sugar has important technological functions like providing volume, mouth feel, viscosity, and preservation that must be taken into account when replacing it in foods and drinks.

Stevia: a natural sweetener with potential

Used by the indigenous peoples of South America for centuries, the plant Stevia has recently hit the headlines. Stevia contains natural sweeteners, called steviol glycosides, which taste up to 300 times sweeter than sugar without providing calories. A new addition to the sweetness portfolio that could help with weight management? European consumers will need to wait.

Low-calorie sweeteners, more than just a sweet taste

Low-calorie sweeteners are very popular with the weight and health conscious. Providing few or no calories they are the primary source of sweetness in low-calorie and sugar-free foods and beverages. When used wisely, these products can be useful for losing and controlling weight and for general health.

The role of low-calorie sweeteners in weight management

Amid rising obesity rates, low-calorie sweeteners have been proposed as a potentially useful tool for weight management. By providing the sweet taste without the calories, low-calorie sweeteners can be a palatable way to reduce the energy density of the diet. This can help people to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight when combined with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Sweeteners - more choices for a sweet life!

Over the centuries, various foods, like honey or sugar, have been used to sweeten our food. Today, we also have a range of new sweeteners, which provide alternatives to sugar. European Union rules establish which sweeteners may be used and ensure that consumers have access to specific information on labels.
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Other articles

World Diabetes Day 2014 - stevia infographic

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Energy Balance

With only some basic data, the energy balance calculator defines your Body Mass Index (BMI), your daily energy requirements and if you are at risk for certain diseases.

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