Alcohol Sweeteners and Alcohol Sugars-What Consumers Need to Know

Sugar substitutes are everywhere now. Many trying to reduce their sugar consumption or reduce their caloric intake turn to these substitutes to help them achieve their goals. Any sweetener used in place of regular table sugar is considered a sugar substitute, but there are many differences between the various offerings. A good example of this is stevia. Stevia is a ‘natural’ sweetener which is processed or refined. Some artificial sweeteners come from substances which naturally occur also. Consumers need to understand the differences between artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols to make an informed choice. Once this comparison is made, many choose to turn to All natural sugar-free syrups.

An artificial sweetener is a synthetic sugar substitute which may come from naturally occuring substances. Often referred to as intense sweeteners, these products are much sweeter than standard sugar. Many turn to artificial sweeteners when dieting as very little is needed to obtain the same level of sweetness as one would get when using traditional sugar. The artificial sweetener also has a much lower calorie count. Many processed foods make use of this type of sweetener and some versions can now be used at home in baked goods or for cooking.

The problem some find they have with artificial sweeteners is they notice an aftertaste. This varies from person to person so one may need to try a number of products to find one they like. Artificial sweeteners are of great help for those who are trying to keep their weight under control and for those suffering from diabetes.

Sugar alcohols are naturally occurring carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables. Scientists are now able to manufacture these carbohydrates which aren’t intense sweeteners. The sugar alcohols do contain calories and some aren’t as sweet as sugar. They are lower in calories than traditional sugars though.

Although many are under the impression that these sugars are alcoholic, they aren’t as they don’t contain ethanol. Novel sweeteners, such as stevia, are a combination of different types of sweeteners. Sugar alcohols tend to be used in processed foods because they add bulk, sweetness and texture. Food stays moist when sugar alcohols are used and the foods don’t turn brown when heated. Many sugar alcohols are combined with artificial sweeteners to increase the sweetness level of a product. Sugar alcohols also help with diabetes and weight control.

Once consumers understand the differences between sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, many choose to turn to sugar-free syrups made using a combination of stevia and Monk’s Fruit (Luo Han Gao). With many varieties to select from, one does not have to do without flavor. From almond syrup and caramel syrup to mango and peppermint versions, there is a syrup for everyone.

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